SHADY FIRE UDPATE (9/10/19)

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


SHADY FIRE UPDATE

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

On Inciweb @ https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6433/

September 10, 2019

Date of Detection: July 10, 2019

Current Size: 6,286 acres

Location: Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of

No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: subalpine fir and lodgepole pine

 

FIRE UPDATE:  The Shady Fire area received nearly an inch of rain in the last four days.  Fire activity is now minimal, the fire is backing down slopes, creeping, and smoldering.  Heat remains on the north and west side of the fire in Vanity, Silver, and Fontez Creeks and on the east side of the fire in Bernard and Pinyon Creeks.  The east side of the fire has burned to Forest Road #172.  This road remains open, please be prepared if traveling this road and ensure proper travel preparations are made.  The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur. 

The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values.  The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values.  Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk.  Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

WEATHER:  A trough of low pressure will bring a continuation of wet and cool weather to the region.  Wetting rains are most likely along the southern half of the Forest this morning.  Isolated afternoon thunderstorms are possible today and tonight.  Some lingering showers are possible on Wednesday with some isolated thunderstorms occurring again as well.  The rest of the week looks dry, but winds will increase Friday afternoon across the area.

CLOSURES:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Shady Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-613.  The road and trail closure is described as road #40012 (Sheep Mountain Road) beginning at the junction with FS Road #40008 at Seafoam Guard Station ending at Road #40172, forest trail #4005 (Sheep Creek Trail) entire trail, forest trail #4012 (Duffield Trail) entire trail, and forest trail #4023 (Bernard Creek Trail) entire trail.

The above-described road and trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Custer County, Idaho.  This closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Shady Fire.

Fire managers are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down.

FIRES 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.

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