Snake River Complex 7-17-21

Snake River Complex Firefighters completing burn out operations.  Photo:

LEWISTON - Officials say lots of progress was made by firefighters on Friday on burnout operations near powerlines and connecting lines along the northeastern side of the Snake River Complex  The size of the fire area, as of Saturday morning, is 103,907.  Only growing by 1,041 ares since Friday's report.  The Snake River Complex is now listed as 31% contained.

Crews found a quarter-acre spot fire across the powerline near the Browns Creek drainage on Friday. Dozers and helicopters responded to keep the spot fire small and mop up continued overnight.

The fire boundary along the Snake River is now fully contained and the fire edge along the Salmon River will be evaluated again today. Containment was reached around the north side of the fire near Waha as well.

Under favorable conditions with a change in winds coming from the north, the night shift prioritized more burn out operations along Captain John Ridge in addition to holding along the fire’s edge.

Officials say firefighters will continue patrolling, mopping up, and protecting structures. In the Craig Mountain area, fire crews will continue to burnout along the dozer line to reduce unburned fuel ahead of the fire’s edge. The river group will continue to monitor areas where heat had been found in recent days.

Northwest winds are expected to shift to north winds creating favorable burnout conditions along the eastern side of the fire. Over the next several days smoke may be seen as the fire remains active in the interior and burnout operations are conducted. More smoke is also anticipated to reach the area from large fires burning to the west in Oregon and northern California.