Snow Peak Resource Benefit Fire – Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (August 23, 2019)– The Snow Peak Fire was first detected on August 15, is currently estimated at 110 acres, and was determined to be caused by lightning from a previous storm. Fire managers considered the ignition source, location, management area, fuels and forest stand type, and seasonal fire danger into the decision to manage this fire for resource benefits. This decision was based on management direction set forth in the Forest Plan, which allows wildfire to fulfill its ecological role in diversifying forest structure and wildlife habitat. The Snow Peak Fire is in a roadless, backcountry management area, where prescribed and naturally ignited fire is the primary management tool for increasing stand diversity and big game forage, while decreasing hazardous fuels and diseased stands.
This fire will be monitored and managed in a manner that adapts to changing conditions. Management actions may be taken in the future to ensure public safety or protect values at risk. Up-to-date information will be available via InciWeb or the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Fire Information line: 208-557-8813. Updates will occur weekly unless conditions warrant a more frequent interval.