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COMPLEX UPDATE 8-17-15

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.

Since August 10th there have been 20 new fires on the Salmon‐Challis National Forest. Five of those fires

are in the Frank‐Church River of No Return Wilderness and are being permitted to play, as nearly as

possible, their natural ecological roles in the wilderness. Other than the Bobcat Fire, the remaining fires are

listed below. Fire activity could also continue and increase with predicted weather and winds.

Fire Summary:

NORTH FORK RANGER DISTRICT

Beartrap Fire: A acre fire in Lick Creek, which is currently staffed with one Type 6 engine and a squad of five (5)

firefighters. The fire was contained on August 16th.

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 40 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 is out. The fire was located east of Panther Creek, near Arnett Creek.

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. Area residents may see fire equipment moving through the area. Not all of the resources are committed to fires on the Salmon‐Challis National Forest but are moving through the area coming from or going to other fires.

The Harbor, Alpine, and Roaring Fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness are now being managed as a part of the Middle Fork Complex. Please refer to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4485/ for further information on these fires. In addition, the Bobcat Fire will also be updated with a separate update. Further information on the Bobcat Fire can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4527/.



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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