ELK RIVER - At 6 a.m. Wednesday, Great Basin Team 3 assumed command of the Cougar Rock Complex from Northern Rockies Team 6.
As of Wednesday morning, the combined fire area was estimated at 6,740 acres and 61% contained. The fires in the complex are burning mainly to the east and northeast of Elk River. There are 11 fires in the Cougar Rock Complex.
Officials say on Wednesday firefighters will continue to secure the perimeter of the Scott Fire. Firefighters on the Goat Creek Fire will check sprinkler systems that have been set up around infrastructure to ensure they are working and scout areas for containment line on the western edge of the fire. The northern side of the Benton Ridge Fire continues to back downhill toward Dworshak Reservoir as crews extinguish hot spots along the southern containment line. Firefighters are also working to stop forward progress of the Butte Creek Fire at the Thompson Creek drainage.
Unseasonably warm weather, steep slopes and dry fuels is expected to promote continued fire growth. Temperatures will continue warming into the weekend when afternoon thunderstorms could be possible. There is limited chance of rain, but a slight increase in humidity was expected for Wednesday.