Cougar Rock Complex Update for 8/7/21 – Lewis-Clark Valley Community

Idaho Department

Idaho Department of Lands

Size: 8,079 acres

Start Date: July 6, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Total Fires in Complex: 10

Containment: 42%

Personnel: 432

Location: 30 miles northeast of Orofino, Idaho

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area over the Cougar Rock Complex Fire will be reduced slightly to allow a local logging contractor to begin a helicopter logging operation. The adjustment will allow the logging helicopter to operate while still allowing firefighting aircraft to be able to provide support to fire areas as needed.

Crews on the Scott Fire continued to patrol and mop up along containment lines yesterday, looking for opportunities to make lines more direct. No extensive areas of heat were found, and no spot fires occurred as a result of the gusty winds associated with the Red Flag warning and thunderstorms around the area. Direct and indirect tactics were used on the Goat Fire. Areas have been identified where direct attack is possible and heavy equipment along with crews are taking advantage of those opportunities.

Firefighters have completed a contingency line to connect the northeast corner of the Benton Fire to the northwest corner of the Butte Creek Fire. It is intended to prevent the one or both of the fires from escaping to the south through the gap in their current perimeters. Firefighters using heavy equipment will work today to finish a containment line from Thompson Creek to the top of Steep Creek to stop the Butte Creek Fire should it move west of Thompson Creek.

So far, the fire is still on the east side of the Thompson Creek drainage. Cooler and more humid conditions are expected to be over the fire area today and showers are expected across the area on Sunday.


• A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the complex for the safety of firefighters in the air and on the ground. To find information about the TFR, visit Remember, a TFR also applies to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

• Two closures remain in place for firefighter and public safety: 1) Granddad Bridge on the Dworshak Reservoir, and 2) at Captain’s Cabin near Elk River. These roads are open for fire and industrial traffic only. ‘

• Five additional closures are in place for public and firefighter safety: 1) St. Maries River Road (Route 382) from the junction of Route 301 to the junction with Forest Service Road (FSR) 3311; 2) FSR 3325 from the junction of Route 301 to the junction of FSR 3335; 3) FSR 3335 from the junction of 3325 to FSR 3328; 4) FSR 3328 from the junction of FSR 3325 to the terminus of FSR 3328; and 5) FSR 384 from the junction of Route 301 to FSR 3328. All methods of travel are prohibited. Stage II fire restrictions are in effect for the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area.

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