Crews battling five fires on Highway 2 corridor

The five-fire complex burning along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor in Lincoln and Sanders counties was reported to be mostly under control as of Sunday, July 16, 2017. The road closure for Thompson River Road, the only closure included in the five fires, was lifted as of 6 a.m. Sunday.

Of the five fires being actively managed by the Type II incident management team on-site, three were reported at 100 percent containment as of Sunday.

The Grubb Fire, located north of Pleasant Valley, consumed a total of 16 acres.  Fire management officials reported 16 personnel remain on the Grubb Fire to patrol and monitor for new smoke and hot spots.

The Northwest Meadow Fire, which consumed 12 acres of ground northwest of the Meadow Park Lookout, is also reported at 100 percent containment. Seventeen crew members were left to monitor the scene for hot spots.

The smallest of the fires, the 2645 Fire, burned four acres west of the Northwest Meadow Fire. It is also listed at 100 percent containment, with 15 firefighters assigned to monitor for any ongoing or new fire activity.

The incident management team is also coordinating activities on two fires that have yet to be fully contained. The Rogers Mountain Fire is located three miles west of Happy’s Inn and has consumed 78 acres to date. It is listed at 80 percent containment. Crews are currently working mop-up operations on the remaining fire perimeter. Personnel will also be gridding the fire’s interior to combat any remaining hot spots.

The final fire is the Lazier Creek 3 Fire, which is listed at 60 percent containment and has consumed 1,145 acres. The fire is located south of Highway 2 and west of the Thompson River Road. The fire has 388 personnel assigned, who are focused on securing the fire line on the east end of the fire area. Crews are also working inside the fire perimeter to deliver water to interior hot spots.

A red flag warning was issued through 9 p.m. Sunday due to a cold front expected to cause westerly wind gusts of up to 20 miles per hour. Despite the slightly cooler temperatures, relative humidity has continued to drop, keeping fire danger at high to very high levels.