Wildfire Alert: Parkway Fire – Current as of 11:00 AM PT on 8/5/2023

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Aggressive Air Attack Underway on Parkway Fire, 80 Acres Burned, No Structures Lost



Post Falls, Idaho – This morning an Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by incident commander Nate Rogers assumed command of the Parkway Fire. The fire is burning in a steep, heavily timbered area above the Spokane River, near the dam at Post Falls.


Evacuation notices issued yesterday by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office remain in effect. For current evacuation information please visit the Kootenai County Emergency Management website or Facebook page.


Overnight, firefighters held the fire to an estimated 80 acres. It is 0% contained. Although threatened by the fire, no structures were lost.


IDL’s team will utilize a full suppression strategy that includes aggressive attack from the air. Resources deployed today include two helicopters, four engines, three 20-person hand crews and one dozer. Fixed wing aircraft are available and will be utilized if needed.


Road closures in the area have been implemented. Fire officials urge community members to avoid the area if possible and to watch for personnel and equipment on the roads.


Flying unauthorized drones over the wildfire is strictly prohibited. When you fly a drone, aircraft suppressing the fire must be grounded. This puts the lives of firefighters at risk.


The cause of the Parkway Fire is under investigation. If you are a first-hand witness to the fire’s ignition, and have credible information to share with fire investigators, please call 208-666-8697 or email investigation@idl.idaho.gov.


Fire officials are grateful for the assistance and incredible response from local resources, including law enforcement and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue.


Unless conditions change, regular updates about the incident will be published in the morning and the evening.



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Incident Contact


Scott Phillips


Public Information Office