August 14, 2015
Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt, riding with Kooskia Rural Fire, had a close call on the way out of the Kidder Ridge area Friday night, Aug. 14.
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The Lawyer Complex fires totaled 12,981 acres as of 9:20 p.m. last night, having surged through 2,300 acres of the outlying areas around Kamiah proper, driving many residents from their homes.
According to FEMA, the Lawyer Complex was immediately threatening 650 homes in and around the community of Kamiah. Approximately 600 of the threatened homes are primary residences while others are secondary homes. The fire was also threatening a power substation, two medical clinics, an assisted living facility, two water treatment plants, a sewage treatment plant, city hall, a police station and a senior citizen center. Additionally, the fire threatens Clearwater watershed, salmon and steelhead spawning areas and the Nez Perce Reservation. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were issued for approximately 1,200 people.