FOREST WIDE FIRE UPDATE 8/05/19

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


FOREST WIDE FIRE UPDATE

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

August 5, 2019

The 41 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.  There are three (3) Type II Crews, 21 firefighters, and two (2) helicopters assigned to the fire.

The 6 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.  There is one (1) Type I Hot Shot Crew, four (4) firefighters, an air attack, and one (1) helicopter assigned to the fire.

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 Cove Creek Fire is to the north and the south of the Skull Fire.  Fire managers anticipate the Cove Creek Fire will consume the Skull Fire area.  This will be the last update on the Skull Fire.

The 2.5 acre Swamp Fire, reported August 2 is located approximately 14 miles northwest of Stanley.  The fire is 100% contained and controlled.  Firefighters will remain on the fire through end of shift today.

The ¼ acre Wet Creek Fire, reported August 2 is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Mackay.  The fire is 100% contained and controlled.

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 was flown yesterday and limited activity was observed on the fire’s edge.  The fire's progression will continue to be monitored; 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 was flown yesterday and no new activity was observed.  The fire's progression will continue to be monitored; 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 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 Paradise Fire, reported July 27 is located 44 miles northwest of Challis.  The fire size remains at five (5) acres.  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.  This will be the last update on the Stoddard Fire unless significant activity occurs.

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.  This will be the last update on the Waterfall Fire unless significant activity occurs.

The lightning caused Cove Creek Fire, reported August 3, located approximately 23 miles southwest of North Fork, north of the Salmon River.  This fire is being updated separately with further information on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6495/.

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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