Wildfire Alert: Parkway Fire – Current as of 6:00 PM PT on 8/6/2023

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Parkway Fire 50% Contained, Mop Up Underway

This evening fire officials announced the 80-acre Parkway Fire is now 50% contained. Buoyed by favorable weather, crews made tremendous progress by fully encircling the fire’s perimeter with fireline and hose. Today’s successes have laid the foundation for a thorough mop up operation in coming days.

After two days of heavy air attack, no aircraft were deployed today, but 110 personnel worked on the incident.

“The aggressive use of air attack on Friday and Saturday was crucial for protecting structures and providing our firefighters on the ground the opportunity to build containment,” explained Parkway Fire incident commander Nate Rogers. “Given the relief provided by the weather, we knew freeing these air resources for deployment elsewhere would have the greatest positive impact for North Idaho.”

No structures have been damaged or lost.

Citizen and firefighter safety remains the top priority. “Crews are continuing to remove hazard trees in the Post Falls Community Forest,” said Rogers.

After a flurry of social media posts urging onlookers to avoid Riverside Drive, and the closure of the Community Forest and Q’emiln Park by the Post Falls Police Department, officials reported traffic in the area subsided.

For your safety, please continue to steer clear of Riverside Drive, the Community Forest and Q’emiln Park.

“The Parkway Fire had the potential to turn catastrophic, but didn’t because of the tireless work of our state, federal, and especially our local partners,” said Rogers. “We’re grateful for their help.”

The list of partners collaborating on the incident includes:

  • Avista Utilities

  • City of Post Falls

  • Idaho Department of Lands

  • Idaho State Police

  • Kootenai County 911 Dispatch Center

  • Kootenai County Emergency Management

  • Kootenai County Fire & Rescue

  • Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office

  • Post Falls Police Department

  • Post Falls Highway District

  • U.S. Forest Service

  • And the many individuals and businesses who volunteered and donated to the effort

The cause of the Parkway Fire remains under investigation. The next update for this incident will publish tomorrow morning.


Find Information About the Parkway Fire


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Incident Contact

Scott Phillips

Public Information Officer