FOREST WIDE FIRE UPDATE (8/12/19)

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


There have been eight (8) new fires reported since the last update, August 5.

The 0.10 acre Snake Fire, reported August 11, is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Salmon.  Two firefighters are on scene working to suppress the fire.

The 0.10 acre Horse Fire, reported August 10, is located approximately 36 miles west of North Fork, south of the Salmon River in the 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 0.10 acre Puzzled Fire, reported August 10, is located approximately 27 miles southwest of Challis.  The fire is 100% contained and controlled.

The ¾ acre Gallagher Fire, reported August 9 and called out August 10.  The fire was located approximately 6.5 miles north of North Fork.

The 0.10 acre Anderson Fire, reported August 9 and called out August 10.  The fire was located approximately two (2) miles north of Gibbonsville.

The 0.10 acre Border Fire, reported August 8 and called out August 9.  The fire was located approximately eight (8) miles north of Gibbonsville.

The 0.10 acre Fork Fire, reported August 8 and called out on August 9.  The fire was located approximately 10 miles north of Gibbonsville. 

The 0.25 acre Dynamite Fire, burning in lodgepole pine was detected August 7.  The fire is located approximately 1.5 miles west of the Centennial Trail in the Marble Creek drainage in the 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 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.  The fire is 100% contained.  Due to steep, inaccessible terrain, the fire will continued to be monitored by aircraft.

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.  The fire is 100% contained.  Due to steep, inaccessible terrain, the fire will continued to be monitored by aircraft.

The 2.5 acre Swamp Fire, reported August 2 was called out August 5.

The 0.3 acre Wet Creek Fire, reported August 2 was called out August 11.

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.  No new activity was observed during the last flight.  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.  No new activity was observed last flight.  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.  Large diameter downed logs are smoking within the interior of the fire footprint .  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.  Fire activity is minimal and the 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 was called out on August 9.

The lightning caused Waterfall Fire, reported on July 7 was called out on August 9.

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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