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TAPPAN & IBEX FIRES August 3, 2017

Tappan Fire: The Tappan Fire was detected at approximately 7:00 PM on August 1, 2017 on the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain. The fire is approximately 927 acres burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber. Fire cause is human and is currently under investigation.

The fire is staffed with one (1) helicopter, 12 firefighters, two (2) resource advisors.

Firefighters observed minimal activity yesterday with creeping and smoldering fire behavior.

An Emergency Trail Closure has been implemented, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Tappan Fire.

The trail closures are described as follows:

The Middle Fork River Trail #6044 from its intersection with the Hoodoo Meadows Trail #6043 near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (T18N R15E Section 16) continuing to the wilderness boundary in T18N R16E Section 21 (approximately 1 mile downstream from the confluence of Forge and Camas Creeks).

The Hoodoo Meadows Trail #6043 from its intersection with Middle Fork Trail #6044 near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (T18N R15E Section 16) to its intersection with the Warm Springs Trail #6047 (T19N R15E Section 36).

The above?]described trails are within the proclaimed and administrative boundaries of the North Fork Ranger District, Salmon?]Challis National Forest, Lemhi County, Idaho.

The fire is being managed in the wilderness while providing for firefighter and public safety and protecting identified values at risk such as river camps, private property, and natural and cultural resources. A Type 3 Incident Commander has been assigned to the fire and is responsible for providing leadership, monitoring fire conditions and overseeing resource protection measures near river camps, private structures, and other resource values. Firefighter and public safety will remain, as always, a priority.

It is anticipated the Tappan Fire will temporarily impact the Middle Fork River camps. Local fire managers are coordinating with Middle Fork Ranger District River Staff and resource advisors to develop plans for redirecting Middle Fork River floaters to appropriate River camps, as necessary. Information will be distributed to Middle Fork floaters at strategic points along the River.

Weather outlook is continued hot and dry with predicted dry lightning and thunderstorms by beginning of next week.

Further information on the Tappan Fire can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/

Ibex Fire: The lightning caused Ibex Fire was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub?]alpine fir and lodge-pole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

Staffing includes ten firefighters and one helicopter. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Earlier this week, the fire grew as temperatures rose and relative humidity declined. Flights over the fire on Wednesday, August 2, confirmed the fire was burning in the head of McKee and Cottonwood Creeks and Ibex Creek.

Estimated size of the fire is 2,800 acres.

Smoke from the Ibex Fire as well as smoke from fires in the region is impacting Challis and surrounding areas. Fire managers continue to expect growth on the Ibex Fire, as weather outlook is continued hot and dry with predicted dry lightning and thunderstorms by beginning of next week.

Further information on the Ibex Fire can be found on InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/


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