Lick Creek and Green Ridge Fire Updates

US Department of Agriculture

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Lick Creek Fire: Patrolling and monitoring the fire perimeter is ongoing and smoke will continue to be visible as unburned pockets of vegetation inside the fire area are consumed. The Lick Creek Fire is now 90% contained.

Green Ridge Fire Current Situation: Firefighters cleared vegetation along roads on the north, west and south of the fire in preparation for burnout operations. Crews built handline south of the Meadow Creek area connecting it with the containment line towards Panjab trailhead with the assistance of bulldozers. Hot Shots, Smokejumpers, and Wildland Fire Modules were aided by aerial support as they worked within the Wilderness checking spot fires and building handline.

Statement from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office regarding upcoming changes to the law which take effect Sunday July 25th.

Whitman County Sheriff’s Office

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COLFAX, WA- The men and women of the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the citizens of Whitman County with the highest levels of professionalism as we perform our essential duties.  The job of a law enforcement officer is difficult and often uncertain, however with the amazing support we receive from our community, we are confident we can continue to accomplish our primary mission, to protect and serve.  

Cougar Rock Complex Fire Update shows the fire is 27% contained

Idaho Department of Lands

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The public should expect more smoke from these fires to settle into local valleys. The shift of wind to the southwest will bring additional smoke into the area from fires burning in Oregon and California. The Owl and Washington Creek fires, currently in patrol status, will be transferred to the control of the North Fork Ranger District at 9:00 a.m. today. Crews on those fires will be reassigned to the Benton Ridge fire.

Aircraft Crash Update

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Lewiston, ID – The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport had a small aircraft accident at approximately 12pm today.

Pilot Dale Snodgrass was alone in a SIAI-MARCHETTI single engine aircraft that crashed during takeoff.  The aircraft landed mid-field and caused a small fire. The pilot did not survive the crash.  Lewiston Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire and Lewiston Police Department and Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Department secured the accident site.  FAA and NTSB are investigating.  The airport remains open.

Man found dead at Granite Point

Whitman County Sheriff’s Office

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07/24/21, 4:35 pm, Deputies were dispatched to a water rescue at Granite Point on the Snake River.  The 911 caller reported a male had been in the water near the shoreline and now could not be located where he was last seen.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and located the individual deceased approximately nine feet under water and approximately ten feet from the shoreline.

Small Plane Crash at The Lewiston Airport

Lewiston Fire Department

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At 12:11 pm today Lewiston fire units were notified of a small plane carrying 1-2 passengers that had wrecked on the airport. First arriving fire crews found a small airplane that had crashed on the airport next to taxiway Charlie and the plane was on fire. Crews quickly attacked the fire with a hose line and the aircraft rescue fire truck.

New resource for current fire conditions

US Department of Agriculture

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PORTLAND, OR; July 23, 2021 — Members of the public planning their next outdoor adventure on National Forests in the Pacific Northwest now have a tool they can use to check fire information for more than one forest, quickly and easily. The new resource can be found on the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region website, at


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