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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 5 Fire Update for the Salmon-Challis National Forest

Contact:  Amy Baumer (Public Affairs Officer)  
208-756-5145


 
JULY 5 FIRE UPDATE
Salmon, Idaho:  Several fires were reported due to the thunderstorms that passed over the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCF) Friday, July 1. 

Salmon-Challis National Forest fire danger is HIGH.  Make sure your campfire is dead out.  If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. 

3 Mile Fire: 
Location:  East of Anderson Mountain and north of Dahlonega Creek. 
Staffing:  Six (6) smokejumpers, two 20 person crews.  The fire is receiving support from two Type I Helicopters.  The two Type I Helicopters are being shared with the Golden Trout Fire.  Access to this fire is limited.  
Fire size:  10 acres with 60% containment.  Fuels are subalpine fir and lodgepole pine with many dead and down trees. 
There are road and trail closures associated with the 3 Mile Fire.  Road and trail closures are assessed daily.  Click here for information:  http://bit.ly/29cEKB2 

Golden Trout: 
Location:  Southwest of Golden Trout Lake, within and outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. 
Staffing:  16 smokejumpers, two Type I crews, a Type II crew, and two Type I Helicopters.  Two additional crews are in route and will be assigned to the fire.  The two Type I Helicopters are being shared with the 3 Mile Fire.  Access to this fire is limited. 
Fire size:  27 acres with 50% containment.  Fuels are subalpine fir and whitebark pine and many dead and down trees.  Fire size has decreased due to more accurate mapping. 
There are road and trail closures associated with the Golden Trout Fire.  Road and trail closures are assessed daily.  Click here for information:  http://bit.ly/29f0Gxm

Rattlesnake: 
Location:  East of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (river right), north of Rattlesnake Creek and south of Woolard Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. 
Fire size:  15-20 acres with scattered fuels. 
Fire is burning mid-slope and no smoke was observed today.  Fire is lightning caused, and will continue to be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the wilderness. 

Currently, there are multiple crews, helicopters, and associated support staff in the community of Salmon.  These resources are supporting the 3 Mile, Golden Trout fires, and any new fires the Forest may get.  You may see these resources at your local stores, hotels, and restaurants. 

You are welcome to visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.