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SUNDAY STORMS IGNITE NUMEROUS FIRES 8-8-16

The Boundary Fire, on the Middle Fork Ranger District, is approximately 40 acres in size, burning in mixed conifer, and is ¾ of a mile west of Boundary Creek Boat Launch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is staffed with 8 smokejumpers, two Type II Initial Attack 20 person crews, one Type I (heavy) helicopter, and one Type II (medium) helicopter. An additional crew is on order.

The Sheldon Fire, on the Middle Fork Ranger District, is approximately three (3) acres in size, burning in mixed conifer, and is located 13 miles southeast of Sleeping Deer Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is staffed with 13 firefighters.

The Bull Fire, on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, is a single tree fire, burning in an open timber and grass fuel type, and it located approximately one mile north of Bayhorse. The fire is staffed with two firefighters.

The Moose Fire, on the North Fork Ranger District, is 1/10 of an acre, near Lost Trail Pass. The fire is out and resources have demobed from the fire.

The Roaring Fire, on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District is 1,831 acres, burning in a remote part of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers. This fire is adjacent to the 2014 Goat Fire and is being managed to allow fire to play, as nearly as possible, its natural role in wilderness.

The Comet Fire, on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District is 100% contained. Interior smoke may still be visible from Highway 93.

The Twin Peaks Fire, Salmon Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is 1/10 of an acre, burning in Douglas Fir with a heavy dead and down component, and is located in the 12 Mile Area. The fire is staffed with four firefighters.

The Albertson Fire, Salmon Field Office, BLM, is 1/10 of an acre, burned in mixed conifer. Fire is contained and is in monitor status.

A fire in the Lemhi Pass Area, Salmon Field Office, BLM, six miles south of Lemhi Pass in upper Yerian Creek, resources are responding. Additional information will be shared when it becomes available.

There were four smoke reports that fire resources were unable to locate. Fire managers will continue to check these areas for fires. The Salmon-Challis National Forest has multiple resources available (a Type II Initial Attack Crew, smokejumpers, rappellers, local crews, engines, and two helicopters) for additional Initial Attack that may occur on hold-over lightning fires. Additionally, there is a Fire Prevention and Mitigation specialist working across the Forest to spread the message that it’s everyone’s job to prevent human-caused wildfires and to help local residents understand what living in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) means and how mitigation is essential to reducing the loss of homes and resources in the wildland/urban interface.

You are welcome to visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.


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