LIGHTNING STARTS SEVERAL NEW FIRES

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LIGHTNING STARTS SEVERAL NEW FIRES

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has detected 11 new lightning fires since the last update the Forest sent out on July 29.

The 0.1 acre Twenty Five Fire, reported August 3, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, north of Pistol Creek in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The fire's progression is being monitored and the fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The 0.3 acre Pistol Creek Fire, reported August 3, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, south of Pistol Creek in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The fire's progression is being monitored and the fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The 600 acre Cove Creek Fire burning in grass and Ponderosa Pine was reported August 3.  The fire is located approximately 23 miles southwest of North Fork, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks, burning in the 2012 Mustang Complex fire scar.  A local Type III organization will be taking over management of the fire today.  Multiple firefighters with assistance from air resources are working to suppress the fire.

The following three fires have multiple firefighters assigned with air resources assisting with suppression of the fires:

The 20 acre Big Deer Fire, reported August 3 is located approximately 23 miles west of Salmon, west of the Panther Creek drainage, north of the Big Deer drainage.

The 17 acre Hot Springs Fire, reported August 3 is located approximately 18 miles southwest of North Fork, south of the Salmon River in the Salmon River corridor, approximately three (3) miles southwest of the Pine Creek Bridge.

The 2.5 acre Skull Fire, reported August 3 is located approximately 23 miles southwest of North Fork, north of the Salmon River in the Salmon River corridor, on the west side of the Owl Creek drainage. 

The 0.10 acre Bear Fire, reported August 2 and called out on August 4. The fire was located approximately 22 miles southwest of North Fork.

The 2.5 acre Swamp Fire, reported August 2 is located approximately 14 miles northwest of Stanley.  Nine (9) firefighters are working to suppress the fire with the aid of helicopter water drops.

The ¼ acre Wet Creek Fire, reported August 2 is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Mackay.  The fire is 100% contained with four firefighters are on scene working to mop up (extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines) the fire.

The 0.10 acre Electronic Fire, reported July 31 and called out on August 1. The fire was located approximately 12 miles southwest of North Fork.

The ¼ acre Wagon Fire, reported July 30 and called out on July 31. The fire was located approximately 20 miles northwest of Salmon.

The ½ acre Tilly Fire, reported on July 28 and called out on July 29.  The fire was located 20 miles southeast of Salmon.

The 15 acre Jenny Fire, reported on July 28 is located 38 miles southwest of Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District.  The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain with a large component of snags (standing dead tree or dying tree) in and surrounding the fire area.  Due to the presence of the numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire.  Forest fire leadership and fire personnel will continue evaluating options to safety engage this fire and will monitor the fire’s progress. 

The five (5) acre Paradise Fire, reported July 27 is located 44 miles northwest of Challis.  The fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.  The fire is located within an old burn scar in steep, inaccessible terrain with a large component of snags in and surrounding the fire area.  Fire managers are using a confine strategy (the fire is managed by actions that use natural topographic features, fuel, and weather factors) for the fire.

The lightning caused Stoddard Fire, reported July 14, located north of Papoose Creek, approximately 1.75 miles west of the historic Stoddard Lookout and four (4) miles west of the Middle Fork Salmon River, on the North Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  No smoke has been observed on the fire and the fire remains 0.10 acres in size.  The fire's progression is being monitored and the fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The lightning caused Waterfall Fire, reported on July 7, located on the east side of the Middle Fork Salmon River, approximately one (1) mile southeast of the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon River and Big Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, in steep, inaccessible terrain.  The 300 acre fire is inactive at this time.  Middle Fork Peak lookout will continue to monitor the fire area for smoke.

The lightning caused Shady Fire, reported the evening of July 10, located approximately two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.  This fire is being updated separately with further information on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6433/.

The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

There are no fire restrictions at this time.  Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to remember that it is your job and responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires.  Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold.

If you are recreating near an ongoing wildfire suppression operation, please keep your distance - do not congregate in the area and allow the firefighters to do their job safely and efficiently.

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