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Monday, August 22, 2016

Gun Club Fire Update for Monday, August 22nd

Approximate Size: 1,991 acres                                                                          Containment47%
Location:  East of Salmon River, 2 miles north of Riggins, ID
Resources: 7 (Type 2) hand crews, 1 Hotshot crew, 1 dozer, 16 engines, 6 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 1 camp crew
Total personnel:  321                                                                                    Total Injuries: One (minor)
Fire Information:  (208) 839-21298:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time
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Leach’s Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team is responsible for the management of the fire in partnership with US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Department of Transportation.   
Morning Update:
Firefighters continue meeting the main objective to keep the fire south of Lightning Creek, north and east of the Salmon River, and west of Little Berg Creek.  Substantial progress on limiting further spread of the fire was accomplished yesterday. Crews built hand lines strategically placed down the slope on the southern and southwestern flanks of the fire. These lines were constructed to limit fire spread and to limit ignitions from rolling debris. Crews were also successful in bringing fire down the Salmon River.  Helicopters dropped water to assist firefighters to keep the fire within the line perimeter. On the northern flank, crews continued mopup along the existing line.  A contingency line was constructed north from the fireline along a ridge to Lightning Creek to reduce the chance for any fire escape beyond Lightning Creek drainage. The eastern flank is considered contained and was monitored for any hot spots.
Activities planned for today include continued mopup and securing along the northern and southern flanks and monitoring on the eastern side. Additional suppression actions on the southwest side will be determined and implemented to secure the lines. Demobilization of resources has started as suppression objectives are being met and to provide for other regional needs. 
Weather: 
A dry cold front is expected to arrive today with increasing winds. While the temperature may drop 10-15 degrees, dry conditions will remain with humidity in the single digits.
Current Closures:
The closure area to the north includes trail 82, a portion of trail 136, to the east it includes a portion of trail 118 and is bordered by FS Road 221 (road 221, Grangeville-Salmon, is open), the southern border is road 1614 (road 1614 is open) and the perimeter to the west is the forest boundary.  FS Road, 263 lies within the perimeter and is closed (see www.inciweb.nwcg.gov for a map of the area closure).
Special Concerns:
Rafters and others using the Lower Salmon should be very conscientious of firefighting efforts, yielding the river to helicopters that may be dipping in the river.   Float groups are advised to stay together and not stop to watch the aerial support activities.   Rafters should pull over temporarily if they come upon a helicopter already dipping in the river, then continue through the area as quickly as possible when the helicopter leaves.   
Road traffic along Highway 95 and County Road 1614 (Salmon River Rd) is encouraged to keep moving and not stop along the shoulders of the road to minimize risk associated with increased fire traffic.  Also expect increased logging traffic as operations have resumed after the weekend.  
More Information: Fire behavior can change rapidly and visitors are encouraged to visit the Gun Club Fire at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4969/ or call (208) 839-2139 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.Pacific Time.  Information will also be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.