Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Sunday, January 16, 2022 2:52:58 AM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Snake River Complex Fire
Last Updated
Friday, August 27, 2021 3:03 PM PDT
(5 months ago)
Fire Reported
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:45 PM PDT
(6 months ago)
Incident Type
26.3 miles S of Lewiston, ID
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

This is the final update for the Snake River Complex.

The Snake River Complex comprises of three wildfires that merged together. The Shovel Creek, Captain John Creek, and Hoover Ridge fires all started by lightning and were discovered the morning of July 7, 2021, on the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Craig Mountain Forest Protective District. These fires are in steep terrain and approximately 20-miles south of Lewiston, Idaho just past the Waha area in the Craig Mountains.

On July 10th at 6 AM, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Rick Connell, took command of the three fires combining them into the Snake River Complex. After several days of downsizing personnel due to successful firefighting, on July 23rd, the incident was transferred to an IDL Type 3 Team, led by Incident Commander Jeremiah Miller. To continue effective operations, on July 28th, command transferred again to Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry Type 3 Team, led by Incident Commander Shawn Turner.

With the fire  reaching a high level of containment, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry Type 3 Team transitioned command back to the IDL Craig Mountain Forest Protective District, led by Incident Commander Jeremiah Miller at 6 AM on August 4, 2021.  

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Wednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 06:45 AM
20 miles south of Lewiston, ID
Incident Commander
Jeremiah Miller, IDL Craig Mountain Forest Protective District
Incident Description
46.012, -116.911
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Sunday August 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Active areas of the fire are mainly burning in compact timber litter and timber understory.
Significant Events
August 4 the fire was returned to the local district.
Planned Actions
Firefighters continue patrols and rehabilitation efforts.
Projected Incident Activity
All restriction on roads near and around the complex will be lifted Monday, August 2
Weather Concerns
Hot and dry weather conditions. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.
Incident Contact
Snake River Complex Fire Information
Email: 2021.snakeriver@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-334-0233
Hours: 8 AM to 8 PM Daily
Fire Unit Information
Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Incident Map

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