Start Date: July 30, 2012
Current Size: 124,966 acres
Location: Main Salmon River, 28 air miles west of North Fork, Idaho.
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources: 534 personnel, including 7 hand crews, 34 engines, 5 dozers, and 2 helicopters.
Fire Information Center: A fire information center that is open to the public has been established at the North Fork Fire Station. The Fire Information telephone number at the center is 208-865-2207.
Forecast: The complex is not under a Red Flag Warning today. Dry and unstable conditions have produced an elevated Haines Index 5 for Saturday afternoon. Moderate westerly winds will impact the Mustang Complex today. Expect gusts into the 20 mph range on ridge tops. Sunny skies and warmer temperatures will occur today; these conditions will produce low relative humidities in the low to mid-teens.
Remarks: No residences have been lost in Spring or Indian Creeks. Mandatory evacuations in the Spring Creek and Indian Creek drainages remain in effect. A pre-evacuation notice has been issued from Gibbonsville south to and including North Fork. This pre-evacuation notice is intended to give residents time to prepare for a potential evacuation. These residents should visit the Ready, Set, Go web site for important information which will help them prepare for a potential evacuation. www.wildlandfirersg.org
The Lost Packer Fire, the Roan Fire and the Mustang Fire have grown together as one fire. Firefighters conducted a burnout of fuels along the west side Indian Creek Road yesterday and will continue today. Along the Butcherknife Ridge, firefighters are constructing fire line. The intent of operations is to hold the fire at Butcherknife Ridge while protecting structures. On the north side, fire is slowly moving toward the Gattin Ranch. The fire is continuing to spread to the west along the Salmon River, but has not reached Lantz Bar.
The Salmon River road remains open; however, travelers should expect delays in the Indian and Spring Creek areas as active fire behavior is causing rocks and debris to roll down onto the road.
Homeowner Preparedness: For suggestions on how to prepare around your home for wildfires visit the Firewise website at www.firewise.org
Salmon River Access: Launches are once again being made at the Corn Creek launch site. The Salmon River remains open to recreationists. All recreationists are required to stop at the North Fork Ranger Station before proceeding down river. Area closures are in effect to protect the public from hazards associated with the fires. For information on the area closures, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/closures/3100/.
Air Quality: Poor air qualities resulting from smoke in many of the areas is a cause for concern. For more information on smoke, visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
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