Fire Information: 208-309-5186
Start Date: July 27, 2012
Current Size: 179,055 acres
Location: Approx.18 miles north of Stanley, Idaho
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources on the fire: 86 personnel – 2 hand crew, 6 engines, and 2 helicopters Another warm day produced active fire behavior with torching and weather influenced crown runs. The vicinity of Marsh and Bear Valley Creeks’ confluence, which created the Middle Fork of the Salmon, moderately active fire behavior was observed. The fire is backing down the ridge that separates Bear Valley Creek from Marsh Creek. As a result, it is anticipated that the Bear Valley Creek Trail 012 will be closed on the north side of the Fir Creek Campground bridge, closing access to the Bear Valley Creek hot springs and the location known as Big Hole. Access to Blue Bunch Mtn. via trail would still be open. A small active area of fire on upper Tennell Creek, on the north side of Hwy, 21was quickly put out by firefighters. Southwest winds did begin to clear some smoke from the Sawtooth Valley. Sunday’s forecast calls for increased clouds with a chance of rain late in the day.
What happened yesterday: Fire crews continued with suppression rehab work in the Yankee Fork area. Several engines and a Type 1 helicopter continued working in the Loon/China Creeks area. Seafoam was monitored by an engine crew. Additional rehab work and fire monitoring was accomplished by a handcrew and engine in the Marsh/Lola Creeks vicinity. A second handcrew arrived in late morning.
The Plan for Today: The fire’s progress at the confluence of Marsh Creek and Bear Valley Creek will be closely monitored by air. The area of Marsh Creek and Lola Creek Campground will be monitored by engines. One handcrew will begin work on the entire length of the Pinyon Peak Rd., cleaning out fire debris from road culverts and mitigating any other fire damage. A second crew will work on a fire suppression repair project on Rankin Creek. Engines and the Type 1 helicopter will check fire spread in the Loon/China Creeks area.
Fire Weather: Clouds will continue to increase throughout the day with a chance of rain Sunday night. Temperatures will be much cooler by 10-15 degrees. Air quality below 7500-foot elevation may remain stagnant until the inversion lifts about noon.
Closures: The Loon Creek Rd., Forest Rd. 172, remains closed from 9 am to 9 pm from the Hecla Mine thru to the Loon Creek Guard Station to allow for safe firefighting operations. The Nip & Tuck Rd. (Forest Rd. 033) is open for non-motorized traffic only. All spur roads leading to the north of the main road are still closed.
Along the Highway 75 Salmon River Corridor from Stanley to the Sawtooth NRA boundary, the following campgrounds are open and will be managed by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through the end of hunting season: Casino, Mormon Bend, Upper O’Brien, Holman, and Whiskey Flat. For information and maps of the closure area visit: www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth and www.fs.usda.gov/scnf .
For a high resolution map of the closure area go to the Flickr site www.flickr.com/salmonchallisnf.
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