Idlers Fire On Moscow Mountain Zero Percent Contained

A large wildland fire that destroyed structures and threatens dozens of homes on Moscow Mountain is still burning this morning.

The Idlers Fire started Monday afternoon around 2:30 as a structure fire in Idler’s Rest Road North of Moscow on the South slope of the ridge.  High winds quickly fanned the flames pushing the fire about a mile to the East over West Twin Road toward Mountain View Road.   Two structures were destroyed including a possible residence.  Residents on Idler’s Rest, West Twin and Mountain View Roads were evacuated.  A shelter has been set up at the Latah County Fairgrounds in Moscow.

An extensive aerial attack dropped water on the flames.  Eight aircraft were attacked the fire on Monday including two large jet airtankers and multiple helicopters.

The Moscow Rural Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to the blaze.  Nearby agencies including the Idaho Department of Lands and several local fire departments on both sides of the state line were called in to help.  IDL has taken over the fire.  A larger Type III Incident Management Team from the agency will take over the blaze today.

No one was hurt.  The fire burned some fields and spread into timber.  The fire has torched between 150 and 200 acres of private land.  The blaze is zero percent contained.

A wildfire burning on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, on West Twim Road north of Moscow, Idaho. Credit Geoff Crimmins