Evacuation Orders Lifted For Idler Fire Near Moscow
Idaho Department of Lands
MOSCOW -- The Idaho Department of Lands issued an update at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in regards to the Idler Fire burning near Moscow. The updated states that crews were successful in constructing firelines around the entire perimeter of the fire resulting in Latah County Sheriff's Office lifting all evacuation notices in the area. Currently, the fire is estimated at 116 acres and has jumped to 25% contained.
Plumbing the line to reinforce the containment ability has begun and is expected to continue into the week. Air resources dropped water on hot spots allowing fire crews to directly engage the fire. Progress toward containment remains strong.
Overnight crews held the fire as temperatures dropped into the low 30’s with good humidity recoveries. Cooler morning temperatures will help firefighters today as they finish installing water delivery equipment, including over 8,000 feet of hose to reinforce the fireline and mop up toward the interior of the burn. Air resources will be available to drop water on hot spots as needed. Progress toward containment remains strong as the fire footprint has remained constant for over 24 hours. More precise mapping has reduced the acreage of the fire to 116 acres.
The Latah County Sheriff has rescinded evacuation orders and homeowners are being allowed to return to their properties but should be “Ready” to leave if conditions change. Fire crews are still working in this area- smoke will be visible and the public is asked to use extreme caution when driving in the area as fire equipment and personnel will be on the roads. For this fire, managers have determined 100% mop-up will be achieved before the fire is declared out and fire resources demobilized.
An incident command post has been set up at the Latah County Fairgrounds. Fire managers would like to thank Latah County for the use of these facilities and the following cooperators during the initial attack of the fire:
Damage assessments are ongoing, and currently, there has been only one primary and one secondary structure identified as lost. The cause of the wildland fire is currently under investigation. Idler’s Rest Conservation Area has sustained no damage; the public is asked to stay clear while fire crews remain in the area.
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