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FIRE UPDATE 8-19-15

The Salmon‐Challis National Forest has two fires that are being managed by IncidentManagement Teams (IMT). The Middle Fork Complex, comprised of the Waterfall, Stoddard, Harbor,Alpine, and Roaring Fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness are being managed by a TypeIII IMT. Please refer to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4485/ for further information on these fires.The Bobcat Fire is being managed by Great Basin Team 5, which is a Type II IMT. Further information on theBobcat Fire can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4527/.

Smoke in the valley will continue to be an issue as there are many fires in the Region and a southerly flowof wind from the north.

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

Elkhorn Fire: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness The Elkhorn Fire, fire is estimated to be 50 acres with 100% containment. The fire is located west of Clear Creek and north of Elkhorn Creek, approximately 3.5 miles from the wilderness boundary. 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 20 firefighters, and a helicopter.


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