FACT SHEET Mustang Complex Wildfire
August 6, 2012 4:00 PM
Contact: Public Affairs Officer: Mardi Rhodes
What: Mustang Complex
Detected: July 31st – Lightning Caused
Location: Salmon-Challis National Forest
Summary: Yesterday at 1600 Air Attack sized up the East Butte fire at ¼ acre with a 1/8 acre spot. At 1800 4 heavy retardant loads, 7 single engine air tanker loads of retardant, 2 heavy helitankers, 8 rappellers, 8 smoke jumpers and 1 shot crew were on the Fire. At approximately 1830 the Fire had grown to 4 acres and by 2030, due to safety issues, all resources were pulled off of the Fire, which is currently 100 acres in size.
The Mustang, Roan, Horse Butte, Goat, Broomtail, Cayuse, Filly and East Butte fires have been combined under the Mustang Complex fire. Marty Adell’s Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage the Complex. There will be an inbriefing today at 1800 in the Supervisors Office of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Adell’s team will take control of the Complex at 0600 Tuesday morning.
Remarks: The fires are burning in steep and remote locations, with heavy dead and down fuels. The decision was made to monitor and not place firefighters in those unsafe conditions. An evacuation notification has been issued to residents of the Nabob Mine.
Fire behavior: Sunday the Mustang fire was backing into the Broomtail drainage, with group torching of trees.
Today’s Weather: Monday’s weather is predicted to be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures may reach 90 today. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are expected in the afternoon. A slight chance of thunderstorms is predicted through next weekend. Widely scattered thunderstorms near the Montana border will end early this evening. Another wave of moisture will arrive on Wednesday. This will produce scattered dry thunderstorms across the Central Mountains Wednesday afternoon. Thunderstorms will remain possible area wide Thursday and into the weekend.
Personnel and Resources on the Fire: Adell’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will inbrief at 1800 today and assume command of the Complex at 0600 on Tuesday morning.
Closures: The Mustang and Horse Butte Fires Emergency Road and Trail Closure (Order Number: 04-13-12-519) went into effect July 31, 2012 for the following roads and trails which are closed:
· Forest Road # 123 (Colson Creek Road) Forest Road #123 (Colson Creek Road) from the junction with #030 (Salmon River Road) to the junction with Forest Road #038. This closure includes Forest Road # 166 (Long Tom Road), #064 (Corn Lake Road), and #067 (Cayuse Point Road).
· Sections of the following trails are currently closed - #163, #159, #164, #203, #165, #166, #167, #031.
The Mustang, Cayuse, Road, Horse Butte, Broomtail and Filly Fires Emergency Road, Trail and Campground Closure (Order Number: 04-13-12-520) went into effect August 3, 2012 for the following roads and trails which are closed:
· Forest Road # 065 (Horse Creek Road) from the junction with #038 (Spring Creek Road) to its end (Gattin Ranch). This closure includes Horse Creek Campground.
Beginning at the junction of the Salmon River Road #030 and the Spring Creek Road #038, traveling North the area West of the Spring Creek Road, to the junction with the Colson Creek Road #123, traveling West the area South and East of the Colson Creek Road #123, Traveling upstream, the area North of the Salmon River Road #030 to its point of beginning with the Spring Creek Road.
All trails and roads that are within and those that make up the boundaries to this area closure are closed due to the Mustang Complex fires.
NOTE: The Salmon River Road #030 and the Spring Creek Road#038 are not included in this area closure.
For more specific closure information and more information on fires burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, please visit www.inciweb.org.