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ELEVEN MILE FIRE September 10, 2015 8:30 a.m.

Contained: 50%

Monitor: 50%

Size: 10,387 acres

Total Personnel: 298 Resources:

Crews: 5

Helicopters: 3

Engines: 3

A transfer of command back to the local forest will occur tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. A smaller incident management organization will complete repair work and monitor the fire where hot spots remain. Fire updates will be provided by Stacy Baker, Challis Forest Public Information Officer. Please direct questions to her at 208.879.4133.

Warmer and drier conditions the past several days allowed firefighters to detect a hot section of the fire that had smoldered across the #114 trail, West of Yankee Fork. It is approximately half the size of a football field, smoldering in the heavy dead and down lodgepole near the bottom of the creek where it may be difficult to access. Firefighters will assess this area by air and ground today to make a decision on whether to engage firefighters, or allow it to burn naturally as has been done with other spot fires in the vicinity.

Firefighters made good progress with an excavator yesterday that was used to restore the banks of the Custer Motorway. Today, firefighters will walk the excavator out along the Motorway and a grader will begin to smooth the road for safer travel. The Custer Motorway will remain closed until imminent hazards have been mitigated for safe public use.

As part of the repair work, squads of five firefighters will enter Elevenmile and McKay trails to remove hazard trees fell across the trails. The trails within the fire area will remain closed for some time, due to unstable soils, loose rock and other hazards found along the steep trails.

Fire that smoldered in the snow may become open flame today as it slowly consumes the duff, roots and dead and fallen trees. This means that any hot spots that continue to burn north, towards the River of No Return Wilderness may occasionally hit a dry tree and torch. This low-intensity fire will continue to gradually move north, towards the Wilderness where it is safe and necessary for the fire to burn.Three handcrews and other miscellaneous resources will remain on the fire to monitor the activity and to take immediate action if the fire grows where in an unwanted direction.

Weather: Fire behavior will increase today, but there is still low spread potential. The duff is not dry yet, which will reduce the probability of the fire spotting. Warmer and drier conditions will persist through the weekend as a cold front approaches by early next week.

Area/Trail Closures: An area closure is in effect. See map left to depict this closure.Also posted online at:

All designated State, County, Forest roads and trails defining the perimeter of the closure area are OPEN, except for Challis Creek road which is closed separately from the fire.

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