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North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team Takes Command of Prospect Fire

Prospect Fire looking north from the south side of the Prospect Creek drainage. 9/4/2022. Photo by Cory Flesher

HARVARD – Today at 6:00 a.m., the North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 (NI IMT 2) assumed command of the Prospect Fire. Idaho Department of Lands resources were able to locate and determine the cause of the fire to be a single tree lighting strike from the storm that passed through the area late Saturday night.

The fire is estimated to be 200 acres, and at this time, is zero percent contained. The fire is burning in the industrial timber land in an area where a completed forest operation had occurred, and heavy logging slash was collected and waiting for the fall burning season in accordance with Idaho’s Forest Practices Act.

The fire grew yesterday as slash piles and heavy fuels continued to ignite. The intensity of the burning did not allow for direct ground engagement by fire crews, however, fixed-wing aviation resources were very successful in providing support to ground forces with both retardant and water drops. This allowed firefighters to begin construction of mechanical lines with heavy equipment and scout opportunities for direct engagement of the fire. FIre crews remained on scene throughout the night to monitor the fire’s behavior and take action as necessary.

Today, crews will continue with yesterday’s course of action as resources arrive over the next several operation shifts. Firefighter and public safety are always the number one priority when determining fire suppression strategies. There are no communities or structures threatened at this time. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to provide for the safety of fire crews and the large heavy equipment required to successfully fight this fire.

Currently, there are no road or area closures, however, this is continually reassessed, and the public will be informed as changes occur.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is a TFR in place for air space of the Prospect Fire (FDC-2/1591) to session impacts to local aviation operators. Remember the TFR also applies to unmanned aircraft systems or drones. If you fly, we can’t.

Cooperating Agencies: Idaho Department of Lands, Potlatch Rural Fire, Latah County Sheriff, Deary Rural Fire, Moscow Rural Fire, and PotlatchDeltic.