DATE OF DETECTION: August 01, 2014 CAUSE: Lightning SIZE: Approximately 470 acres
LOCATION: The Goat Fire continues to burn in inaccessible terrain approximately two (2) miles southeast of
the confluence of the Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, North Fork Ranger District,
Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Due to extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain it is unsafe to place firefighters on the ground.
Precipitation over the past few days have aided in slowing the fire growth. The fire is burning in alpine fir
patches along rock outcroppings and cliffs.
A Type 3 team is now managing the Goat Fire under a long-term plan focusing on firefighter and public safety.
This includes monitoring fire activity and preparing a strategy for protection of structures and other values at
risk as the fire area expands. Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Managers expect the fire to burn throughout
the rest of the summer or until a significant weather event occurs.
Fire related traffic and debris flows are adding to existing hazardous driving conditions along the Salmon River
Road (030) and the Panther Creek road (055). Visitors are advised to be particularly careful and slow down for
blind curves. Stopping distance on rural roads in remote areas can be much greater than needed on primary
Wednesday afternoon thunderstorms impacted the Salmon River corridor. Heavy rain in the river breaks area
caused two debris blowouts partially blocking the Salmon River Road (Forest Road 030). One flow was in the
Colson Creek area and the other near Corn Creek. No injuries or damage were reported. Travel by 4 X 4
vehicles is advised between Colson and Corn Creeks. Road crews expect to have the road cleared by the end
Over the past twenty-four hours lightning storms passing through Lemhi County caused 9 small fires ranging
from a single tree to approximately one quarter acre. Of these starts four were contained as of Wednesday
evening and fire crews are working to contain the others. Fire managers, lookouts, and field crews are on alert
for additional starts that may occur as a result of ongoing unsettled weather conditions.
A trail closure is in place for the Horse Heaven Wilderness Trail (Forest Trail #6172) beginning at the junction
with Forest Trail #6021, near Dome Mountain, heading northwest to the end of this trail near the Horse
Heaven VABM (#8086), and continuing on the undesignated trail north to the Salmon River. The official order
and map of the closure area and other information on the Goat Fire is available at