|HEAVY SMOKE IN VALLEYS|
ROARING FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 29, 2016
The Roaring Fire, on the North Fork Ranger District is 4,562 acres. The fire is 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 Roaring Fire is actively burning in the Roaring Creek drainage between the Bighorn Crags and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Progression to date is predominately south up the South Fork of Roaring Creek to McGuire Lake and west down Roaring Creek towards the Middle Fork.
Personnel at Long Tom Lookout are monitoring the fire daily. The fire is now within one (1) mile of the Middle Fork Salmon River but is not impacting River camps. Fire managers will continue to monitor fire spread and potential impacts to river camps, trails, and campsites in the Bighorn Crags area. In the upcoming days, fire managers do anticipate the fire will reach the Middle Fork Salmon River.
At this time, no boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon or the Salmon River are being impacted.
Expect to see smoke drifting into the valleys and river corridors, especially in the evenings.
Fire managers expect the fire to grow into the fall. Smoke from the Roaring Fire and other fires in the west filtered into the Salmon and North Fork areas on Sunday morning. Skies later cleared as the day progressed.
Weather the next several days predicts steady temperatures with slightly decreased humidity. There is potential for thunderstorms beginning Wednesday afternoon.
The Salmon‐Challis National Forest understands the inconvenience that fire, and the impacts associated with it, may cause to Forest visitors and the general public. The Forest is promoting an understanding of the value of allowing managed fire to play out its natural role in wilderness with regard to maintaining wilderness character, the natural role of fire, benefits to wildlife habitat, and reduced fire severity in the future. The inconveniences of isolated pockets of smoke and the short‐term displacement of Forest visitors resulting from trail, camp, and area closures today are helping to ensure firefighter and public safety while allowing fire to play out its natural role in wilderness and help to reduce devastating impacts from fire in the future.
All visitors to the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness should be prepared to deal with the effects of natural events. Visitors are about to experience a functioning, dynamic ecosystem that will evolve and change as nature molds and sculpts its landscape. When recreating in the Frank Church River of no Return Wilderness travel plans should be flexible, current conditions should be known, as well as a safe place to go(a safety zone) when fires are burning.
An Emergency Trail Closure for Public Safety for the Roaring Fire is in place. The closure area includes:• Bighorn Crags Trail #6021 from just northwest of Big Clear Lake (T21N, R16E Section15) to Dome Mountain at the junction of Trail #6021 and Trail #6172 (T22N, R17E Section18).
• Garden Creek Trail #6172 is also closed from Dome Mountain (T22N, R17E Section 18) at its junction with Trail #6021 to terminus at Horse Heaven (T22N, R16E Section 12).
More information on the Roaring Fire can be found on Inciweb at
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/ You are also 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
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