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

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August 5, 2019

Date of Detection: August 3, 2019

Current Size: 1,704 acres

Location: 23 miles southwest of North Fork, north of the Salmon River

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: Ponderosa pine and grass

Resources on Fire: 47 personnel

Type II


Type I Helicopters







FIRE UPDATE: The Cove Creek fire is burning in the 2012 Mustang Complex fire scar.  Yesterday, the fire burned down to the Salmon River Road and is established in both sides of the Owl Creek drainage.  A local Type III organization is managing the fire and a Type II team, Great Basin Team 7, is on order and will in brief with the Forest this afternoon.  There are additional resources on order, which have not yet arrived to the fire.  Today, crews will continue with work around the private property at Owl Creek and work to assess other values at risk in the area.  Aircraft will be used when possible to help minimize fire growth.

WEATHER: The thunderstorms will continue this week with isolated coverage expect today and Tuesday. Could see an increase in coverage Wednesday and especially Thursday.  Hot conditions will continue through Tuesday with many areas under 15 percent relative humidity but winds are not expected to be strong outside of thunderstorms. 

CLOSURES:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Cove Creek Fire Emergency Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-614.  The trail closure is described as Forest Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction with FS Road 030 (Salmon River Road) at Owl Creek to the Junction with FS Road #123 (Colson Creek Road), and Forest Trail #153 (East Fork Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction of Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail) to the Junction with FS Road #043 at Horsefly Spring.

The above-described trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the North Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County, Idaho.  The closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Cove Creek Fire.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: 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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