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Stanley, Idaho: The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at approximately 480 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire grew to the east today and is on the east side of the Half-Moon drainage. Additionally, the fire continues to back to the south. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

. The Emergency Trail and Road Closure has been put in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Honeymoon Fire.

TRAIL CLOSURE DESCRIBED:

Forest Trail #4031 (Honeymoon Trail) Entire trail

Forest Trail #4232 (Morehead Mountain Trail) Entire trail

The above-described trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Valley County, Idaho.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. Fire activity today was minimal with backing and low intensity ground fire. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Weather for both fires is hot and dry conditions over the weekend. A cold front may bring some stronger northerly winds Monday afternoon and evening. Upper ridge dominates into next week with next best chance for showers late in the week.

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/ under the name Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires.

September 01, 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. Additional resources are on order to assist in firefighting efforts. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Fire size is approximately 13,976 acres. The forecast is for high pressure to produce dry weather, light winds and warming temperatures through the weekend. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior yesterday. Smoke from adjacent wildfires shaded the Ibex fire area yesterday afternoon, which further slowed fire growth. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, Trapper, Wickiup, and Cat Creeks. The Type I helicopter continued to make bucket drops in the head of Tenmile Creek to slow fire spread southwest toward Eightmile Creek. 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/.

Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger. Please remember if you build a campfire, if it is too hot to touch it is too hot to leave.

Further information on the Ibex Fire is on InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/. The public can find air quality information by clicking the links on the Ibex Fire InciWeb page






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