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The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

The Pistol Fire was reported this afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m.  The fire is estimated at 150 acres and is burning in grass, brush, and timber; west of the confluence of Pistol and Forty-Four Creeks in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.  The fire is currently in monitor status.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Weather: the RED FLAG WARNING remains in effect from noon to 9 pm mountain daylight time today for strong gusty winds and low relative humidity.  Expect wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph mainly at elevations above 7,000 thousand feet which will die down after sunset. Humidities will be under 15 percent in most locations.  Much of the same will continue Tuesday and through the week with wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph expected but for the most part should stay below red flag criteria.  The best chance for precipitation will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Nationally, there are 33 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression.  These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis.  The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

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