Fire safety paramount even as restrictions lift

Trestle Creek Complex 15% contained

By Reader Staff

Public, state and tribal land managers in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone — which encompasses Bonner County — will rescind fire restrictions on Friday, Aug. 27.

While the decision is driven by “cooler weather and significant moisture” in the region, according to an Aug. 24 media release from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests on behalf of all local agencies, officials shared that average fire danger remains “high” for the area.

Incident Meteorologist Lamont Bain, Nevada IMT-4, Type 3, gives an update on the Trestle Creek Complex fires on Aug. 24. Photo courtesy USDA Forest Service.

“While campfires will now be allowed, hunters and recreationists are urged to continue to use caution, never leave a campfire unattended and make sure it is cold to the touch before walking away,” the release stated, also sharing that “above normal” wildfire potential is predicted through September. 

“Even with widespread precipitation, the zone has reported several lightning-caused fires from the most recent thunderstorms, serving as an indication that fuels are still receptive to fire,” officials wrote.

Large fires continue to burn in the Idaho Panhandle, including the Trestle Creek Complex, located four miles north of Hope. New infrared imaging measures the blaze at 6,600 acres and 15% contained. As of Aug. 25, all evacuation orders for area homes have been lifted. 

For public and firefighter safety, officials ask that recreationists pay attention to and respect all road and area closures.

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