Size: 9,200 acres
Location: Papoose Creek, North-Fork Ranger District
Approximately 40 air miles west of Salmon, ID
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Fire activity on the Papoose Fire was limited today, with a gain of about 200 acres.
The fire is burning grass, brush and small stands of timber above the Middle Fork Salmon River. Isolated thunderstorms swept over the fire area today, bringing little rain. The current weather pattern will persist through Friday, bringing gusty winds. Type-3 Incident Commander Melissa Sartor replaced outgoing Type-3 Incident Commander Tim Metzger at 6 a.m. Members of a South Dakota Fire Module and a Selway, Idaho Fire Module are assessing opportunities to keep flames from crossing Big Creek. Boat crews of firefighters are removing ground fuels in campsites between Big Creek and Goat Creek. Boaters are checking in with forest personnel for camp and fire information. Please be flexible regarding space-sharing and potential campsite reassignments. Firefighters from the Payette N.F. are assessing structures in the Taylor Ranch area. Four trail closures are in effect for the Salmon-Challis National Forest, North Fork Ranger District, Papoose Fire Area.
Trail closures are necessary to protect visitors from hazards associated with the fire. The announcement and a link to trail closure maps are at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3510/19281/.
Smoke from the 4,295 acre Gold Pan Fire on the Bitterroot N.F. is drifting into the town of North Fork. Smoke from the Papoose Fire is drifting into Salmon. The 5,920-acre Lodgepole Fire is burning west of Challis, about 60 miles south of Salmon. A crew of eight smokejumpers initial attacked the one-half-acre Morgan Fire near the Morgan Ranch Airstrip, about 40 miles northwest of Stanley. The cause is under investigation.