Salmon, Idaho: Currently, the Middle Fork Complex is comprised of the Waterfall, Stoddard, Roaring, Harbor, and Alpine fires.
Dates of Detection: Waterfall: August 11th; Stoddard: August 12th; Roaring: August 5th; Harbor: August 16th; and Alpine: August 13, 2015.
Size: Waterfall: 3,593 acres; Stoddard: 867 acres; Roaring: 33 acres; Harbor: 2 acres; and Alpine: .1 acre.
Location: Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness; North Fork Ranger District, about 40 air miles West of Salmon, ID. Waterfall: East of the Middle Fork Salmon River, North of Waterfall Creek; Stoddard: West of the Middle Fork Salmon River, North of Cradle Creek; Roaring: in the Big Horn Crags; Harbor: adjacent to Harbor Lake; and Alpine: North side of Wilson Creek drainage.
Fuels: Waterfall: open timber and grass; Stoddard: open timber and grass; Roaring: open timber; Harbor: open timber; and Alpine: open timber.
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest
A change-of-command took place yesterday evening at 9:00 PM on the Middle Fork Complex -- Mike Smith’s Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT), transitioned to Matt Galyardt’s Type 3 IMT.
Today there was minimal fire activity due to mild weather conditions. Tomorrow, a Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, for gusty winds and low humidity.
Wildfires are managed in different ways. Fires threatening people, property or resources are put out as quickly and safely as possible. Many landscapes are out of ecological balance; when conditions are right, fire is one way to help restore the ecological balance across the landscapes. These fires will be permitted to play, as nearly as possible, their natural ecological roles within the wilderness.
Our top priority is to keep the public and firefighters safe.
Trail Closures for the Salmon-Challis National Forest include: Roaring Trail (Forest Trail #6021, Crags Trail) beginning at Big Clear Lake to Roaring Creek Lake; South Fork Waterfall Trail (Forest Trail #6019), beginning at the junction with Waterfall Trail (Forest Trail #6045) to its end; Middle Fork River Trail (Forest Trail #6044) to the confluence of the trail and the outlet of Terrace Lakes (where trail crosses headwaters of Waterfall Creek; Stoddard Lake Trail (Forest Trail #6140) beginning at Stoddard Creek Point at the junction with Stoddard Trail (Forest Trail #6169) to its junction with Forest Trail #6168; Stoddard Trail (Forest Trail #6169) beginning at the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the Salmon River, to its end at the junction with Forest Trail #6168.
For closure maps, fire updates, and photos, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4485/