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IBEX FIRE REPORT August 28, 2017

Challis, Idaho: The lightning caused Ibex Fire is a natural fire located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub?]alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Ibex Fire, wilderness values.

The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for two values at risk that are identified in the planning area.

There will be a Community Meeting in Challis at 7PM on Tuesday, August 29th at the Challis Middle School Auditorium.

Fire size is approximately 10,911 acres. The forecast is for moist unstable air moving up from Nevada will slightly increase humidity. Isolated dry thunderstorms will develop this afternoon. Unstable air increases across the area on Tuesday, along with the threat of isolated thunderstorms over all mountain areas. The fire remained active yesterday. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks. The fire was most active in Trapper Creek with some growth on the northwest portion of the fire into the heads of Wickiup and Cat Creeks. The fire moved yesterday toward Sherman Peak and is on the ridge between Trapper Creek and East Mayfield Creek. The fire has moved east and is now burning outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Less than 100 acres is outside of the wilderness. Fire managers anticipate smoke will continue to filter into Challis.

The Emergency Trail and Road Closure has been expanded, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Ibex Fire. Closure information and a map is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/38955/.

The public can find air quality information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air?]quality/monitoring/daily?]reports?]and?]forecasts.aspx and http://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/.

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