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August 24, 2015

8:00 p.m. Update

New Fire Start on Challis-Yankee Fork District, Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Eleven Mile Fire is located approximately 17 miles west of Challis, Idaho in the Yankee Fork drainage on the Challis-Yankee Fork District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The fire is estimated at 800 acres. Multiple resources are assisting with suppression efforts, including one Type 3 helicopter, one Type 1 helicopter, one large Air Tanker, six Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), one Type 6 engine and one Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew. In addition, one load of smoke jumpers and one Type 2 IA hand crews (20 persons/crew) are on scene working the fire. Three hot shot crews and two Type 2 IA crews are on order. The fire is burning in heavy timber fuel. The cause of the start of this fire is unknown at this time.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast predicts isolated dry thunderstorms. A Haines Index of 5 and 6 will remain. The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the stability and dryness of the air over a fire. The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index. A Haines Index of 5 means moderate potential and 6 means high potential (dry unstable lower atmosphere). Winds will be lighter; therefore there will be no red flag concerns from a wind/humidity standpoint.

As always, prior to making any decisions, public and fire fighter safety is of upmost importance. Information will be updated as soon as it becomes available.


August 25, 2015 – 8 a.m.


Location: 15 miles north of Salmon, ID

Start Date: August 14

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 237 acres (No Change)

Percent Contained: 61% (16% increase)

Total Personnel: 298 (decrease of 88)

Resources: 1 helicopters, 6 crews, 10 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders

Current Situation: Now at 61 percent containment, firefighters made great headway yesterday as they were able to construct containment line all the way around the fire. Today, firefighters will improve weaker areas of the line and backhaul unneeded equipment. All of these accomplishments were made despite steep, difficult and dangerous terrain, depleting resources, and no injuries.

Trees on the interior of the fire may torch out today given expected weather conditions today. Firefighter will ensure interior pockets of heat are well contained within the fire’s perimeter in the days ahead.

A transfer of command from the Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 back to the local unit will occur today. A smaller fire organization will be in place to complete the mop-up work, back-haul supplies and rehabilitate containment lines necessary to put the fire out. The Great Basin Team 5 will take command of the Eleven Mile Fire Friday, burning 17 miles west of Challis, Idaho in the Yankee Fork drainage on the Challis-Yankee Fork District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Approximately 460 homes, properties, and structures were assessed by firefighters during the precautionary structure protection assessments taken in the Moose Creek, Carmen, Tower Creek, Fourth of July and Kriley Gulch areas. These assessments will be returned over to the local district for future use.

Weather: A warming and drying trend will continue for the next several days, creating favorable conditions for active fire behavior across the Forest. These conditions will also allow smoke to lift and clear from the valley.

Area Fire Closures: There are no evacuations in effect. To protect firefighter and public safety, the area closure will remain in effect for the areas west of the fire to the Moose Creek and Diamond Creek Roads, Sims Mine, and Napoleon areas. This area closure includes all trails and roads within the area, except for the Stormy Peak Road #023, which is open and is the west side of the closure area.

Public Safety: Firefighters will be using roads in the area transporting equipment, while helicopters will also be flying to move supplies. In addition, the County fair is expected to increase traffic on roadways. All travelers along the highway and river corridors are asked to please use caution. Please do not stop along roadways as this will increase congestion and cause additional hazards.

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