Surprise Creek Fire


Incident #: IPF-357
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 6.4 miles ESE of Lakeview, ID
Acres: 3,300
Agency: Coeur d-Alene Interagency Dispatch Center (IDCDC)
Dispatch Notes: D1 monitor/confine | Contain: 10/09/18 0830 control: 10/09/18 0900

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 4 hours, 45 mins ago — The Surprise Creek Fire, located south of Faset Peak in the Independence Creek drainage, started on July 27, 2018. Fire activity was increased during high temperatures and winds on August 10th. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests assumed command of this incident on Wednesday, September 5 at 6 am as a Type 4 Incident.


Incident Contact
s Coeur d Alene River Ranger District
Phone: 208-664-2318
Hours: M-F 730am-4pm Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: M-S 8am-5pmShow additional contacts
Fire Unit Information
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way Coeur d'Alene Idaho 83815
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Friday July 27th, 2018 approx. 07:00 PM
South of Faset Peak in the Independence drainage
Incident Commander
Paul Ratcliff, ICT4
Incident Description

Current Situation

Total Personnel
3,185 Acres
% Contained
Fuels Involved
Timber with grass and understory
Significant Events
Minimal fire activity with smoldering, backing, and creeping.


Planned Actions
Monitor fire progression towards Road 332. Use resources as necessary to slow fire advancement if it threatens to cross containment lines. Maintain road and area closures.
Projected Incident Activity
Fire activity will be minimal with some backing, creeping, and smoldering fire behavior, as fuels continue to dry out from the precipitation event a week ago. The active perimeter and areas of intense heat will continue to burn, consuming large woody fuels. Spotting and rollout is a potential.