|WARM SPRING CREEK FIRE|
FIRE REPORTED BY FOREST SERVICE
DATE OF DETECTION: August 30, 2014 CAUSE: Lightning
CURRENT SIZE: 1/10 acre
LOCATION: – The fire is burning in the vicinity of Warm Spring Creek approximately two (2) miles east of Highway 93 near Elk Bend, on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District
The Warm Spring Fire is being managed under a monitor strategy. The fire is currently burning in scattered Douglas fir amongst rock outcroppings and cliff lines. Terrain in the fire area is very steep and inaccessible. Firefighter and public safety is top highest priority for the Warm Spring Fire. Due to the extremely steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain in the fire area, it currently isn’t safe to staff the fire with firefighters. A type II helicopter is being utilized to cool hot spots on the fire as needed.
Smoke and fire may be visible from Highway 93. Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Managers expect the fire to continue to burn throughout the month of September or until a significant weather event occurs.
Forest visitors should use caution if traveling near the Warm Spring creek area. Areas within and adjacent to a fire are part of a rapidly changing environment. Hazards in the fire area can include rolling rocks and debris, falling trees, and dense smoke.
BAYHORSE ROAD CLOSED
“Bayhorse Creek Road (FS Rd 051) will be closed to all thru vehicle traffic from September 22- October 9th to facilitate the replacement of a road culvert with a 40 foot span bridge. The closure will be located 2.5 miles up the road from the junction of Bayhorse Creek Road and HWY 75 and will prohibit access by vehicles to Bayhorse State Park and Bayhorse lakes and campgrounds. The culvert to bridge replacement project was developed to aid in salmon and steelhead recovery and will facilitate fish passage above the culvert. The project is being sponsored by Custer County Road and Bridge Department in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Alternative access to public land above the road closure is available for ATVs using designated trails. Custer County and Idaho Department of Fish and Game have worked collaboratively on the timing of the closure to minimize impacts to recreation and access to public land. For more information please contact Custer Road and Bridge (208) 879-2379 or the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at (208) 756-6022. The funding for this project was acquired through Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funds and the Bonneville Power Administration. “
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