IDL Fire crews and partners keep wildfire from damaging homes and structures in Lewiston

Monday August 1, 2022

(Boise) – The Hatwai Fire was reported just before midnight July 31, 2022 near Lewiston, Idaho and continues to be active today, August 1, 2022. It is between 50-60 acres and threatened 10-20 homes, but no structures were lost. Only about 2-5 structures remain threatened this morning. No evacuations were issued.

The fire is at the bottom of the Lewiston Grade in grass and brush. This is land protected by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Fire and is in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).

IDL Fire’s own Teakean Hand Crew is arriving today to dig fire line and help prevent fire spread. Since the start of the fire 4 IDL Fire engines, a Nez Perce Tribe Fire Management engine, and the Nez Perce County Rural Fire Department assisted in the quick response to the fire. The cause is under investigation and an IDL Fire Investigator is expected at the scene today.

Fire activity today is smoldering and creeping, with the hope that the fire will not move out of the current acreage. But it will be another triple-digit day with low humidity and moderate winds which is a concern.

Highway 95 is open but emergency vehicles will be in and around the area today.

Robbie Johnson