WAHA - The Snake River Complex Fires located approximately 20 miles south of Lewiston remain at an estimated 107,679 acres and 74% contained according to the latest update provided Sunday morning from the Idaho Department of Lands. A total of 156 fire personnel remain assigned to the fire.

Firefighters continue to put out hot spots and mop up along control lines widening the distance between heat and established dozer line. Mop up typically refers to making a fire safe by extinguishing or removing burning debris, felling snags, or moving logs so they do not roll downhill and ignite unburned vegetation below. Smoke continues to dissipate each day with the continued mop up activities.

Planned Actions

Governor Brad Little is still planning to fly over the fire with Incident Commander Jeremiah Miller on Tuesday, July 27. Firefighters will continue to mop up, patrol control lines, and be prepared for initial attack just in case a spot fire escapes the fire line. The incident will continue to downsize personnel over the next day or so as the fire continues to get even further under control.

Evacuations and Closures

Nez Perce Sheriff’s Office has adjusted the evacuation level for the Zaza and Deer Creek roads from “GO” to “SET”. Residents of the following areas remain in “SET” stage: Stagecoach Road, the Redbird Road, Waha Glen, Waha Road, and all spur roads. Conditions can change at any time, please delay the return of livestock and important household items. Road access is restricted to residents only on Zaza Road at Deer Creek and from Redbird Road South and Deer Creek Road to Soldier Meadow.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has adjusted the evacuation stage to 1, or the “READY” stage for the Forest, Morrowtown, and North Road areas. The Steven’s Road area that was previously in the Ready stage is being taken off of all evacuation status. A Road closure remains in effect for the Hoover Point Road.

Current evacuation and closure information is on Lewis and Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Offices webpages. You can sign up for future alerts at: https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/public.aspx

Fire Restrictions

Due the high threat of wildfire danger in northern Idaho, local land management agencies implemented Stage II Fire Restrictions on all lands within the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area until further notice. 

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)

The TFR surrounding the fire reduced in size several days ago. For detailed information about the TFR visit https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_3581.html. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

Primary and Cooperating Agencies

Idaho Department of Lands, BLM, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Nez Perce County, Lewis County, Nez Perce Tribe, USFS, Winchester Volunteer FD, Nez Perce County SWCD.