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Highway 200 Complex fires grow to over 24,000 acres

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THOMPSON FALLS - The Highway 200 Complex fires near Thompson Falls and Plains have grown to over 24,200 acres.

Fire managers report crews were successful at burning unburned fuels between the line and main fire to create a black line, hold the fire lines and suppress any spot fires.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson Falls Community Center.

Pre-evacuation warnings are being coordinated by the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office. A new warning was issued Saturday from Guy Hall Road east along Highway 200 to Prospect Creek -- including Clear Creek and Cherry Creek areas. 

There are currently no mandatory evacuations in place at the Highway 200 Complex fire which is comprised of the Sheep Creek, Deep Creek, Cub Creek, Miller Creek and Reader fires.

There are 308 people assigned to the Highway 200 Complex fire.


Sheep Gap – 40% Contained – 13,414 acres: Pre-evacuation orders remain in effect for areas along River Road West to the north of the fire. Heavy equipment is being used on the north side and in Swamp Creek to complete a shaded fuels break. Continue burn-out operations along the dozer line towards Poachers Gulch. Smoke will be visible as the burn-out operation progresses. Firefighters continue to implement control actions and provide structure protection along the contingency lines located north, east, and south of the fire.

Deep Creek – 0% Contained - 5,733 acres: A Pre-evacuation order is still in effect East of the Clark Fork River in the Blue Slide Area. Please the National Forest Closure Order for Blue Slide Road near Belknap. The fire is backing downhill towards Graves Creek and is being held on mechanical lines. Weather conditions are allowing the primary objective of implementation of a burn-out operation to remove unburned fuel between the main fire and established firelines. An existing hose-lay, which is a combination of hose strung along fireline, are also being used to wet the areas adjacent to firelines. Smoke will be visible as areas within the fire continue to burn.

Cub Creek – 0% Contained- 4,034 acres: Pre-evacuation orders are in effect for an area west of Highway 200 from White Pine Creek to Cherry Creek. Containment lines have limited fire growth. Burn-out operations will continue east from Haines Point Rd. The fire is expected to continue growth south toward the Clear Creek drainage. Resources from the Reader Fire, including engines, heavy equipment, water pumps, and sprinklers, are staged below the fire and will be deployed for structure protection if needed.

Reader Fires – 95% Contained - 152 acres (total): The Reader 1 and Reader 2 fires are being managed conjointly due to their proximity. Mop-up activities continue the Reader Fires in addition to the efforts to improve existing containment line. Resource will be redeployed to the Cub Creek Fire as they become available.

Miller Creek – 0% Contained - 892 acres: This fire continues to be monitored and patrolled for fire growth. Appropriate resources are in the area.

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