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Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex at 82,243 acres; 95% contained

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KAMIAH, Idaho -

UPDATE: Monday, September 7, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex has not grown in size.  It remains at 82,243 acres but with help from colder wet weather, firefighters have made gains in containing the fire.  It is now 95% contained.  Fire crews say they will likely be working in this area for the next couple weeks.  

UPDATE: Wednesday September 2, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex has burned a total of 82,243 acres and is 75% contained. 

Complex consists of a group of fires in Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis Counties in northern Idaho. The fires, started by lightning, have been burning since August 10th. On August 28th, the Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex was formed by merging the Clearwater Complex with the Municipal Complex and a portion of the Motorway Complex. 

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has been closed, except for the Palouse Ranger District. Detailed information can be found by clicking on the appropriate link provided on the right side of the screen.

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Fires included in the Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex include:

Lawyer 2 - 41,195 acres 70% contained
Municipal - 1,770 acres 95% contained
Fisher - 18,889 acres 95% contained
Green - 1,077 acres 0% contained
Lolo 2 - 6,200 acres 65% contained
Old Greer - 73 acres 97% contained
Pete Forks - 6.433 acres 0% contained
Mussellshell Creek - 788 acres 40% contained
Lost Hat - 65 acres 0% contained
Footrot - 175 acres 0% contained
Yoosa - 340 acres 0% contained
Snowy Summit - 5,716 acres 0% contained
535 - 235 acres 40%
 

UPDATE: Tuesday 10:45 p.m.: Fire officials report the 47,260 acre Clearwater Complex fire is now 60 percent contained Tuesday night. For Wednesday firefighters will continue to hold and secure the firelines. Resources will patrol and look for vulnerable areas and backhaul unused equipment.

A Level 2 evacuation remains in effect for Lolo Creek Road - Hidden Valley Lane. Three Mile Road and Four Mile Road are still at Level 1. The communities of Woodland and Harrisburg are also at Level 1.

UPDATE: Tuesday 11:30 a.m.

Clearwater Complex is now three large complexes, burning a total of 47,260 acres near Kamiah, Woodland, Harrisburg and Fraser. Fire official say it is 50% contained. 

The Clearwater complex originated with 25+ lightning started fires. Those multiple individual fires have burned together to form three large complexes, now with three separate names: Clearwater Complex, Municipal Complex, and Motorway Complex.

The Clearwater Complex is near the town of Kamiah and consists of the Lawyer Fires, Lolo Fires and Carrot Ridge Fire. This complex is being managed by Greg Poncin’s Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team.

The Municipal Complex is made up of the Fisher fire near Craigmont, the Greer Fire near the old Greer Grade, and the Municipal Fire near Orofino. This complex is being managed by Mike Wilken's Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (the Blue Team).

The Motorway Complex is near the community of Syringa and includes the Woodrat, Four Bit, Pilot Knob, Big Hill, and Motorway Fires. This complex is being managed by Rick Kusicko's North Idaho Type 2 Incident Management Team.

UPDATE: Monday 10:00 p.m.

As of Monday night the Clearwater Complex fire has grown to 47,260 acres. Fire crews say it is 50 percent contained.

Crews spent the day building and reinforcing fire lines around the entire perimeter of the Clearwater Complex. Tuesday, crews plan to mop up as needed but teams are largely in patrol status, according to the line operations chief.

Clearwater County Commissioners allowed residents in many fire-affected communities to return home. 

UPDATE: Monday 8:00 a.m.

The Clearwater Complex fire is at 45,973 acres as of Monday morning. Fire crews say it is 45% contained. 

Fire officials say crews will continue to take advantage of favorable weather and subdued fire activity to hold and secure dozer line south of Lolo Creek and to mop up and patrol a spot fire above Woodland. They will hold and secure fire line from the intersection of Caribel and Harrisburg roads north to Lolo Creek and east along the Caribel Road to Jungert Pond. Other crews will improve line from the Shenandoah subdivision to Caribel Road, from Shenandoah along Kidder Ridge and from Kidder Ridge into Church Canyon

The communities of Woodland and Harrisburg remain in Level 1 evacuation status. Crews are securing fire line along the unburned edge of this island within the fire perimeter.

UPDATE: Friday 7:00 a.m. 

The Clearwater Complex Fire, burning near Kamiah, has now burned 40,181 total acres and is 40% contained. Most of the fire is burning near Kamiah, Idaho but it is also burning in the vicinity of Kooskia, Craigmont, Ruebens, Greer, Woodland, and Harrisburg.

UPDATE: Thursday 1:45 p.m.:

Information updated by fire officials on Thursday now says the Clearwater Complex Fire, burning near Kamiah, has burned 39,200 total acres and is 30% contained. 

On Wednesday, Firefighters worked to mop up 100 feet in from the perimeter in the Lawyer's Canyon area. Thursday, crews plan on mopping-up and patrol the burnout area in Lolo Creek. 

U.S. Highway 12 and 11 remain open to all traffic, but may periodically have a pilot car moving traffic through the fire area. 

Temperatures did not cool down overnight as in the last few nights. High temperatures today will range from the upper 80’s to low 90’s, relatively humidity’s will drop to 12-14%, and winds will gust to 18 mph. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for tomorrow with winds expected in the 20 to 25 mph range.

There will not be a fire information meeting in Kamiah on Thursday. However, a public meeting will be held in Fraser today at 6:00pm at the Fraser Community Center.

UPDATE: Tuesday 12:45 p.m.:  

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Clearwater Complex Fire has burned a combined total of more than 58,000 acres and is still listed at 25% contained. 

The complex is made up of several fires, the biggest being the Lawyer 2 Fire burning near Kamiah. That fire is believed to have burned more than 31,000 acres. Mop-up and patrol operations will continue today in the southwestern area of the fire. The objective of mopping up is to extinguish or remove burning and hazardous material from the perimeter inward a specific distance. U.S. Highway 12 remains open to all traffic but may periodically have a pilot car moving traffic through the fire area north of Kamiah.

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The Lolo 2 Fire burning between Weippe and Woodland is listed at 3,310 acres. Work continues along the edge of agricultural fields, tying firelines constructed by private citizens into the handlines firefighters have constructed in the Grouse Creek area. Crews will be strengthening lines behind houses in the Cottonwood Flats area and north of Maribel Road. Another goal for today will be to make progress constructing line along the fingers of timber near Lolo Creek. Efforts at the southeast edge of the fire will focus on reinforcing firelines behind houses east of Kamiah.

The Carrot Ridge Fire has burned about 4,200 acres. Assisted with a dozer line constructed by a private citizen, firefighters were able to make progress in the Cold Wagon area. Steep terrain in Lolo Creek is presenting a challenge to firefighters, preventing direct line construction. Fire managers are weighing options for possible control measures in this area.

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Update: Monday's weather conditions helped firefighters fight the Clearwater Complex fire on their terms instead of reacting to weather related events. Fire crews now say the fire has burned 58,116 total acres with 25 percent containment as of Monday evening.

Fire behavior is expected to be moderate throughout the evening hours.

Another community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Syringa Cafe in Syringa.

Previous coverage:

Nearly 800 firefighters are working to contain the Clearwater Complex fire which is made up of several fires burning in Northern Idaho. The combined acreage for the fire is currently 43,240 acres. The Clearwater Complex fire has burned 42 homes and 79 outbuildings. It is 15 percent contained.

The Lawyer 2 Fire near Kamiah, Idaho, is currently 23,855 acres in size. Firefighters will continue mop-up and patrol operations on this fire Monday. U.S. Highway 12 is open to all traffic but may periodically have a pilot car moving traffic through the area north of Kamiah. Structure protection remains a high priority for this fire.

The Lolo 2 Fire, burning between Weippe and Woodland, Idaho was 3,067 acres in size at last report. Firefighters there are constructing secure fire lines in the Caribel area both north and south of the road. Structure protection continues on the east and southeast areas of the fire. Resources from this fire will be reassigned as priorities change.

The Carrot Ridge Fire, northeast of Pardee, Idaho, is now 4,264 acres. Aircraft are on the scene of this fire making retardant drops and helping firefighters on the ground keep the fire from expanding. Fire crews are building  fire lines around the eastern perimeter of the fire. Active fire behavior is expected to continue in the southern region of the fire where firefighters continue to construct and improve lines around the fire.

The Fisher Fire is burning the Big Canyon area, approximately seven miles north of Craigmont, Idaho. Crews on the north and south sides of the fire continue to improve and hold containment lines. Structure protection measures continue around this fire's perimeter.

A community meeting is scheduled for Monday evening in the Life Center in Kamiah, located at 4432 Highway 12.

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