Fire Management

When fires start on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the Forest notifies the public via the Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook and Salmon-Challis National Forest Twitter accounts as soon as information is available.  Fire information for fire season 2022 is listed below the Inciweb Incident Map.

Inciweb is great tool for researching large current incidents.  Inciweb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. Incidents on InciWeb are typically wildland fires, but the site will also host incidents when responding to natural disaster cleanup, search and rescue/recovery efforts, hurricane/tornado recovery or assisting other countries with manmade or natural disasters.  This site serves as a single source of incident related information and is managed by Incident Management Teams or local public information officers.

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.

 

Woodtick Fire Response Strategies

Maximizing Protection of Values while Minimizing Risk to Resources~Salmon- Challis National Forest 2022

This Storymap tells the story of the evolution of firefighting strategies used on the Woodtick Fire to successfully defend the values at risk, including private property and infrastructure.

2022 FIRE INFORMATION -

FIRE SUMMARY SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

MOOSE FIRE EMERGENCY AREA, ROAD, AND TRAIL CLOSURE REDUCED SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

WOODTICK FIRE EMERGENCY AREA, ROAD, AND TRAIL CLOSURE RESCINDED

FIRE SUMMARY SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

MOOSE FIRE EMERGENCY AREA, ROAD, AND TRAIL CLOSURE MODIFIED SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

FIRE SUMMARY SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

Approximately 15 years ago, the Salmon-Challis National Forest, in collaboration with local communities, residents, and key stakeholders began an all-lands effort to promote forest health and safer communities from wildfire in the North Fork and Gibbonsville of the Upper North Fork Salmon River valley of Idaho. A century of fire exclusion here has resulted in ecological conditions that threaten the resilience of plant and wildlife species and natural functions.

As early as 2006, the collaborative Lemhi Forest Restoration Group and the Salmon-Challis envisioned a suite of forest stewardship and management projects to allow fire to play a more natural role on the landscape where appropriate and create less hazardous fuel conditions within wildland-urban interface areas.

Fire doesn’t respect property boundaries, but cross-boundary cooperation by land and fire managers is the key to effective wildfire mitigation. The forest worked closely with local communities, residents, and key stakeholders to identify the right locations and tools for fuels and forest health treatments that are science-based and equitable. The map below shows where strategically placed fuels reduction treatments helped firefighters protect community assets when the Trail Creek Fire crossed the Continental Divide in August 2021.

The most common misconception of wildfire is that all fire is bad. But there are important benefits that smaller and more frequent fires offer to the environment. Matt Jolly, an ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, talks about the natural and important role of fire in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

 

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.

Learn More About Drones

 

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.

MAPS

2022 Flight Hazard

2019 Aquatic Nuisance

 

Unmanned aircraft systems should not be flown near or around wildfires on National Forest System Lands.

Learn More About UAS

 

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.

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!

2021 Fritzer Fire

2021 Fritzer Fire on the Salmon-Challis National Forest

 

2011 Salt Fire Footage

 

2021 FIRE INFORMATION

Features

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.

View Feature