The Leland Complex Fires Now Up To 2,931 Acres Burned
Marisa Lloyd

The Leland Complex Fires Now Up To 2,931 Acres Burned

Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Gold Team

The Leland Complex Fire is comprised of four fires. The Sand Mountain Fire is 2.5 miles east of Laird Park, Latah County Idaho, and the Johnson Creek Fire which is 4 miles north of Elk River, Idaho are the two largest fires in the complex. All together the fires have burned 2,931 acres with both of the larger fires at 0% containment. 


The Sand Mountain Fire is estimated to have burned 1,499 acres thus far and is still 0% contained. On the south side of the fire, crews and heavy equipment will continue clearing access roads from Big Sand Creek road west toward Mica Mountain. Along the west and north sides of the fire, crews will hold the fireline and use a hose line in preparation for mopping up any remaining smoldering hotspots. Saw crews are removing hazard trees critical to firefighter safety. Along the north side of the fire in the area of the burnout operations, crews are patrolling the fire and proceeding with mop-up efforts when conditions are safe.

The Johnson Creek Fire is estimated at 884 acres and is also 0% contained. The Gold Team will continue to build upon the management foundation completed by the local Type 3 IMT. The Team brings with them additional safety, operational, logistical, and planning support to ensure fire crews can focus on fire suppression. Today, crews will use heavy equipment to strengthen and improve the constructed line along the south and east sides of the fire from Windy Point Road. Crews will be scouting the perimeter of the fire to identify indirect access to the fire using existing trails, roads, and natural features. A community meeting will be held tonight at the Elk River Community Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. to share updates on the Johnson Creek Fire. Yesterday, smoke prevented aerial operations.


The Leland Complex as a whole is managed by the Eastern Area Incident Management Gold Team. Additional firefighting crews continue to arrive to support this complex of fires. Efforts will continue to clear safe access roads, establish hose lays, and begin mop-up when hazardous snags are cleared along containment lines on the Sand Mountain and Johnson Creek Fires.

Firefighters continue to directly engage the fire where they safely can. Plans for two additional fire camps are underway near Deary and Elk River, Idaho, to reduce fire traffic through the communities. The additional camps will improve access to the fire, reduce drive time, and improve safety.

A slight chance of isolated showers is possible Tuesday that may increase winds as the systems pass through the area. Temps will range from the mid to high-80s, and relative humidity around 30%. An air quality alert has been extended for Latah County today.

The two smaller fires in the complex are the Pine Creek fire which is now 100% contained and has burned 542 acres and the Bonami fire which has burned 6 acres and is 80% contained. 


Cooperating Agencies: Idaho Dept of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe, USDA FS, Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County FD, Potlatch VFD, Troy VFD, Deary VFD, Moscow VFD, Juilaetta VFD, Kendrick VFD, Genesee VFD, South Idaho Timber Protection Association

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