Fire Management


Fire Information 2020




The map above is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information may also be accessed at InciWeb.


Forest managers and wildland firefighters will often talk use the word “fuels.” What are fuels? It’s both the living and dead vegetation in a forest that can potentially burn in a wildfire. David Peterson, biologist for the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, explains how reducing fuels helps to reduce the intensity of wildfires.


2020 Flight Hazard

2019 Aquatic Nuisance


Unmanned aircraft systems should not be flown near or around wildfires on National Forest System Lands. To learn about Forest Service policy regarding unmanned aircraft systems visit


Wildland Firefighters on Rappel capable crews, come from all over the nation each spring to train at the National Rappel Program’s Rappel Academy at Salmon AirBase, in Salmon, Idaho.  Wildland fire aircraft play a critical role in supporting firefighters on wildland fires. Helicopters also deliver aerial crews called Rappellers to wildland fires. These are specially trained firefighters that rappel from helicopters in order to effectively and quickly respond to fires in remote terrain.  Rappellers may land near a wildfire but if there is no landing zone close by they can utilize their skills to rappel from the hoovering helicopter. Once on the ground, crews fight the fires using hand tools, chainsaws, and other firefighting tools.  Filmed and edited by Charity Parks.


Drones are dangerous if flown near wildfires. Drones can interfere with wildland fire air traffic that are necessary to suppress wildland fires. If drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft may have to land due to safety concerns.
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The majority of the wildland fires on the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Salmon and Challis Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management are caused by lightning.  We would like to keep it that way! However, we have had a few person caused fires in recent years. Fire season 2003 was a particularly bad year with 24 human caused fires, including several arson (deliberately ignited) fires.

For current fire information, closures, pictures and maps, please go to InciWeb and the Salmon-Challis National Forest

You can view fire information about wildfires in other states as well.

2019 Shady Fire

2019 Shady Fire




2011 Salt Fire Footage


1985 Butte Fire Staff Ride

1985 Butte Fire

It is the afternoon of Aug. 29, 1985. You are on Division A located in heavy timber on the north end of the Butte Fire on the Salmon National Forest in central Idaho. This fire is part of the Long Tom Complex. At approximately 1550, the fire makes a sudden high-intensity crown run up Wallace Creek, a side drainage of Salmon River Canyon. Over the next 90 minutes, this run will consume 3,500 acres.