EVENING FIRE UPDATE 8-15-15
Smoke is filtering into the city of Salmon and surrounding valleys. Smoke in the valley will
continue to be an issue as there are many fires in the Region that have recently started due to lightning.
In order to help put the local fire situation into perspective, nationally, we are at a Planning Level 5, which
means there are many fires regionally and nationally which are competing for available fire resources. This
has and will continue to challenge the Forest in obtaining resources for our local fires.
Several fires started over the last few days. Many fires were staffed and successfully contained within the
last 24 hours. Fire activity will also continue and increase with predicted weather and winds.
NORTH FORK RANGER DISTRICT
Crone Fire: A ¼ acre fire is out.
256 Fire: A three (3) acre fire staffed with a squad of five firefighters
Elkhorn Fire: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
The Elkhorn Fire, fire is estimated to be 50 acres with 90% containment. The fire is located
west of Clear Creek and north of Elkhorn Creek, approximately 3.5 miles from the
wilderness boundary. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber with dead and down
tree components. Although lightning caused fires should be permitted to play, as nearly as
possible, their natural ecological role within the Frank Church River of No Return
Wilderness, fire managers decided to suppress this fire due to its proximity to the nonwilderness
boundary and considering values at risk within the Panther Creek drainage.
Resources currently staffing the fire are 57 firefighters, and a helicopter. The helicopters
are supporting firefighters with bucket drops. The helicopters may be observed dipping out
of the main stem of the Salmon River.
SALMON‐COBALT RANGER DISTRICT
Arnett Fire: A 1/10 acre fire burning in timber which is currently staffed with two rappellers. The fire is
burning east of Panther Creek, near Arnett Creek.
Bobcat Fire: The fire is estimated at 30 acres, is burning in grass and fire, and is located north of
Napoleon Gulch, west of the Salmon River, approximately 15 miles north of Salmon. The
fire is visible from Highway 93. Fire managers ask the public to be mindful of traffic
congestion along Highway 93. Fire managers urge the public to continue traveling past the
fire area and not stopping along the roadway. Local fire officials are developing a plan to
manage this fire as a large incident. Limited fire resources will continue to challenge any
fire suppression efforts.
Alpine Fire: A 1/10 of an acre fire on the north side of Wilson Creek drainage in the Frank Church River
of No Return Wilderness. Currently, there is no smoke showing on this fire, but fire
managers will continue to monitor the fire for future fire activity. The fire is at 8,500 feet
elevation and will be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role
within the wilderness.
Roaring Fire: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Fire was detected on August 5th and is in monitoring status. The fire is located in the
Bighorn Crags and is ten acres in size burning in timber. This fire is lightning caused, and
will continue to be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role with
The weather is forecasted to be windy and dry. As we move forward with strategically trying to staff and
address our fires, the upmost priority for us is to ensure firefighter and public safety. This is a difficult task
with limited resources, yet we will balance to the extent possible without compromise to safety.
Know before you go. Always check with your local Ranger Station prior to your trip to get the most up to
date information on current fire activity, closures, fire danger, and fire restrictions for the area.
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