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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 12, 2015

Salmon, Idaho:  Fire summary for the Salmon-Challis National Forest

NORTH FORK RANGER DISTRICT

Elkhorn Fire: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
·         The Elkhorn Fire, fire is estimated to be 46 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, and timber with dead and down tree components.  Although lightning caused fires should be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, their natural ecological role within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, fire managers decided to suppress this fire due to its proximity to the non-wilderness boundary and considering values at risk within the Panther Creek drainage. Resources currently staffing the fire are 4 firefighters, 14 smokejumpers, 1 Single Engine Air tanker (SEAT), and 2 helicopters, 1 of which is a Type I helicopter.  The helicopters are supporting firefighters with bucket drops.  The helicopters may be observed dipping out of the main stem of the Salmon River.  In addition, a twenty person crew is expected to arrive this evening. 

Waterfall Complex:  Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Waterfall and Stoddard Fires are lightning caused fires and will be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, their natural
ecological roles with the wilderness.  A Type 3 incident management team led by Mike
Smith will be assigned to this complex on August 13, 2015.
·         The Waterfall Fire was detected late in the day on August 11th.  The fire is estimated to be 10 to 12 acres and is located east of the Middle Fork Salmon River and north of Waterfall Creek.  The fire is burning in open timber and grass. 
·         The Stoddard Fire, located near Stoddard Creek, was detected on August 12th. This fire is approximately 20 acres in size. 

SALMON-COBALT RANGER DISTRICT

Meadow Fire:
·         The fire is estimated to be a 1/10 of an acre in size, burning in timber, and is located on Goldbug Ridge.   
Lost Fire:
·         The fire is estimated to be a 1/4 of an acre, burning in heavy timber with a dead and down tree component and is also located on Goldbug Ridge.

Smokejumpers arrived on both the Meadow and Lost Fires in the early evening of August 12th. 

Roaring Fire:  Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
·         Fire was detected on August 5th and is in monitoring status.  The fire is located in the Bighorn Crags and is ½ of an acre in size burning in timber.  This fire is lightning caused, and will continue to be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role with the wilderness.
Gorley Fire: 
·         A single tree fire which is currently staffed with two rappellers.
Lake Fire: 
·         This fire was a 1/10 of an acre, burned in grass and is now out. 

MIDDLE FORK RANGER DISTRICT

Sunflower Fire:
·         This fire was a 1/10 of an acre, burned in grass and ponderosa pine and is now out. 

The primary concern is safety of firefighters and the public.  Hot and dry weather is predicted in the upcoming days.  Know before you go.  Always check with your local Ranger Station prior to your trip to get the most up to date information on current fire activity, fire danger, and fire restrictions for the area.