FIRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


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

Salmon-Challis National Forest is in Stage I Fire Restrictions

The Haynes Fire; reported September 20, is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Salmon on the Leadore Ranger District.  The fire is approximately 0.25 acres in size and is burning in grass and timber.  Four firefighters are on scene.

The Trap Fire; reported on September 14 on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, is also burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  The 2,211 acre fire is burning in lodgepole pine and grass is 25% contained.  The Sawtooth National Forest is providing updates on the fire and the fire can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7204/.

The Forge Fire; reported August 26 is located approximately seven (7) miles southwest of Yellowjacket Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District.  No smoke is showing on the fire and the fire size is approximately two (2) acres and is burning in lodgepole pine.  Due to heavy fuel loading, the presence of numerous snags (a standing dead tree or part of a dead tree), and the potential for rollout, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire.  Middle Fork Peak Lookout is monitoring the fire.

The Muldoon Fire; reported August 16 is 100% contained and controlled as of 9/16 at 374 acres.  Firefighters continue to monitor the fire.  No closures are in place for the Muldoon Fire.

WEATHER:  A weak system will arrive on Tuesday.  Breezy conditions are possible Tuesday afternoon.  Humidity levels should remain above red flag thresholds.

RESTRICTIONS:  Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  All Forest Service lands (outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and Jim McClure Jerry Peak Wilderness) within the Salmon-Challis National Forest are in Stage I Restrictions.  More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Y7klYY.  A copy of the Fire Restrictions Order can be found here: https://bit.ly/3gah8xZ.

Nationally, there are 54 uncontained large fires being managed under a full suppression strategy and 33 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression.  These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is has been drifting into the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the valleys around the Forest.  The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://arcg.is/1Wy8jS.

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