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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Update


August 11, 2015
(7:46 pm)

NEW FIRE START ON THE SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST
Salmon, Idaho:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest detected an additional fire this afternoon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District as a result of yesterday’s thunderstorm.  The Elkhorn Fire is estimated at four (4) acres and is located west of Clear Creek and north of Elkhorn Creek approximately 3.5 miles from the wilderness boundary.  The fire is burning in grass, brush, dead and down trees.  Resources currently staffing the fire are four fire-fighters and two helicopters.  The helicopters are supporting the firefighters with bucket drops.  The helicopters may be observed dipping out of the main stem of the Salmon River.  Smokejumpers from McCall have been ordered to help with suppression actions and should be on scene tonight. 

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August 11, 2015
(8:43 am)

AFTERNOON LIGHTNING STARTS NEW FIRES
Salmon, Idaho:  A lightning storm passed over the Salmon-Challis National Forest on Monday afternoon and as a result three fires have been reported. 

Gorley Fire:  A single tree fire on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District.  Currently staffed with two rappellers.

Sunflower Fire:  1/10 of an acre fire in grass and ponderosa pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District.  Currently staffed. 

Lake Fire: 1/10 of an acre fire in grass on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. 

In addition, Salmon-Challis National Forest fire resources are assisting the Bitterroot National Forest with a fire in the Lost Trail Ski area that is 1/10 of an acre in size. 

There is a potential that more fires will be located in over the next couple of days. 

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