The Eneas Peak Fire and Trout Fire will jointly be addressed in the daily update due to their proximity, level of complexity, and concurring management strategies. The fire is about 15 miles north-northwest of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and was caused by lightning on August 13. It is currently 0% contained and around 740 combined acres.
Yesterday, a helitack crew flew over the Trout Fire but were unable to find a safe location to insert firefighters. The Trout Fire is in an old burn scar, where snags and heavy downed fuels are the chief safety concern for firefighters working on the ground. Fire managers were able to utilize 4 fire boss aircraft yesterday to reduce the spread of the Eneas Peak and Trout fires.
This aviation support continues to help hold the eastern flank of the Eneas Peak Fire and to take some of the heat out of the Trout Fire. Last night’s infrared flight had better weather conditions and provided a more accurate acreage of 733 acres for the Eneas Peak Fire and 7 acres for the Trout Fire. Most growth on the Eneas Peak Fire is continuing in a favorable westerly direction.
Fire managers continue to strategize on the best way to utilize suppression resources to contain and confine fire growth in both fires. Air support will continue to be utilized as needed to prevent the spread of fires into areas with critical values. The weather today will be much cooler with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The likelihood of showers increases tomorrow.
Closures & Evacuations:
Please avoid Trout Creek Road (FSR 634) as well as the trails nearby due to the active fires and the suppression activities in the vicinity.
Trails: #27: Fisher Peak, #13: Pyramid Lake, #7: Pyramid Peak, #41: Trout Lake, #43: Ball & Pyramid Lakes
There are no evacuations at this time. However, when living in fire prone areas it is recommended that all area residents have an evacuation plan in place including having all important documents, pictures, prescriptions, and pets gathered up and easily transportable. Residents of Boundary County, ID can visit https://www.nixle.com or text home zip code to 888777 to sign up for emergency alerts.