Leland Complex Fire Update
Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Gold Team
The Leland Complex Fires have burned 2,950 acres between four fires. The Sand Mountain and Johnson Creek Fires are both at 0% containment. however, the Pine Creek and Bonami Fires are both 100% contained.
There was significant progress made yesterday on the west side of the Sand Mountain Fire as crews mopped up hotspots and strengthened the hard black containment line. They continued to work on the access roads south toward Micah Mountain and east along the Big Sand Creek Road, using heavy equipment to clear debris. Saw crews focused on eliminating snags and hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to firefighters.
Today, crews will continue to prep the access roads along the Big Sand creek, and patrolling the area as winds increase through the day. Heavy equipment will be used again today to open up clear access on existing roads and trails. Mop-up efforts will continue on the west side of the fire (east of the Little Sand Creek), and along the north side of the fire (south of the Palouse River) to increase the width of the hard black line.
The Johnson Creek Fire saw crews will strengthen protection around the Elk Butte communications tower. Fire crews will continue reinforcing the access route along the south side of the fire to establish a containment line. They will be installing a hose line on the west side to assist hand crews going direct on active fire to minimize spread and protect the watershed. Work will continue using heavy equipment to strengthen and improve the constructed line west from Windy Point toward Elk Creek Road. Scouting will continue along the north side of the fire to determine existing roads, trails, and natural features to establish a containment line.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area today from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. due to increased winds and a drop in relative humidity. Winds speeds may gust up to 25 mph on the ridge tops. Fire activity is expected to pick up due to the red flag conditions. Additional resources will continue arriving at the Leland complex and will be distributed between the Sand Mountain, and Johnson Creek Fires. Firefighter safety remains a top priority and conditions will be monitored throughout the day.