Salmon, Idaho: A new fire has been included in the Middle Fork Complex. The Hancock Fire was discovered on September 14, 2015. The fire is burning in the lower 1/3 of the Roaring Creek drainage, approximately 3½ air miles west, northwest from Goat Lake. The Hancock Fire is currently about 50 acres in size burning in steep rocky terrain. Fuels are lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and subalpine fir. As with the five other fires in the Middle Fork Complex, the Hancock fire will be allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role within the wilderness.
The Middle Fork Complex, managed by the USDA Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest, is comprised of the lightning caused Waterfall, Stoddard, Roaring, Harbor, Alpine, and Hancock ﬁres.
Dates of Detection and Current Size: Waterfall: August 11th 4,006 acres
Stoddard: August 12th 884 acres
Roaring: August 5th 301 acres
Harbor: August 16th 8 acres
Alpine: August 13th 1/10 acre
Hancock: September 14th 50 acres
Location: Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness; North Fork Ranger District, approximately 40 air miles west of Salmon, ID. On the September 14th flight of the complex, the following was observed:
Waterfall: Is burning in open timber and grass and is located east of the Middle Fork Salmon River, North of Waterfall Creek – Isolated pockets of smoke were observed in the higher elevations, very little growth within the last week.
Stoddard: Is burning in open timber and grass and is located west of the Middle Fork Salmon River, North of Cradle Creek – No smoke observed, no growth within the last week.
Roaring: Is burning in open timber spreading into subalpine ﬁre and white bark pine and is located in the Big Horn Crags – Isolated pockets of smoke were observed on both the north and south portions of the fire, very little growth within the last week.
Harbor: Is burning in open timber and is located adjacent to Harbor Lake – No smoke observed, no growth within the last week.
Alpine: Is burning in open timber and is located on the north side of Wilson Creek drainage – No smoke observed, no growth within the last week.
The North Zone fire management organization on the Salmon-Challis will continue to observe and monitor the fires.
Further information on the Middle Fork Complex can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4485/