Wildfire Alert: Parkway Fire – Current as of 10:00 AM PT on 8/7/2023

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Containment Fortified Overnight, Firefighters Focus Today on Expanding Containment

Post Falls, Idaho – Fire officials report the 80-acre Parkway Fire remains 50% contained. Overnight, crews made considerable progress in strengthening containment along the eastern edge of the fire near structures, mopping up a swath nearly 100’ wide from the edge of the fire towards the interior along nearly half of the incident’s perimeter.

In addition to the safety of civilians and firefighters, today’s focus includes expanding containment by mopping up more areas within the perimeter and falling hazard trees in burned areas.

“In the aftermath of a wildfire, trees are weakened by fire and snags can fall at any time, injuring or killing people on the ground,” said Parkway Fire incident commander Nate Rogers. “On steep ground, hazard trees that fall or shed limbs can imperil lives in their pathway.”

There are other hidden dangers in burned areas, too.

“Fires often burn stumps deep into the ground, creating fall and trip hazards,” added Rogers. “While precipitation on a fire is a blessing, rocky areas can become slick, and rocks can fall on slopes destabilized by fire.”

Collaboration with local partners remains a priority, too.

“We’re sharing GIS data about the fire with the City of Post Falls’s Parks & Recreation Department so they can assess the impact of the fire on trail systems,” said Rogers. “We’re also working closely with the Post Falls Police Department to help ensure whoever started this fire is held accountable for its considerable suppression costs.”

The Post Falls Police Department issued a news release about their investigation earlier today.

Yesterday the Post Falls Police Department closed Q’emiln Park and the Post Falls Community Forest to the public. The Post Falls Highway District has installed barricades on Riverview Drive. Although the road is open for local traffic, fire officials remind onlookers to avoid using it. Slow moving fire equipment on Riverview Drive stops frequently and may block the road.

The next update for the Parkway Fire will publish this evening.


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Incident Contact

Scott Phillips

Public Information Officer