Candle Hill Fire Near Kelso Lake Contained, Now Fire Investigators Need Your Help

Sunday July 16, 2023

Coeur d’Alene, ID – Yesterday at 3 pm PT, IDL wildland firefighters were dispatched to a suspicious wildfire on Granite Mountain east of Highway 95 and Kelso Lake.

With the help of extensive and expensive air support, firefighters contained the Candle Hill fire at just seven acres.

“The cause of this fire is under investigation and IDL investigators need your help,” said Rodney Weeks, IDL’s fire investigation program manager. “If you have information about how this fire started, or photos of the fire taken close to the time of ignition, please share what you know with our investigation team.”

IDL fire investigators can be reached by emailing or by calling 208-666-8697.

According to Weeks, the agency investigates the cause of every wildfire on the land it protects. “Under Idaho law, those who negligently start a fire can be responsible for covering suppression costs and economic damages,” he added.

Since IDL has no authority to pursue criminal charges, the agency works closely with the Idaho State Fire Marshall to investigate all cases of suspected arson and hold arsonists fully accountable under the law.


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Candle Hill Fire Map - July 2023


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