October 6, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 208-865-2170 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://inciweb.org/incident/3100/
Location: N of Main Salmon River and W of
Number of Resources: 223 personnel including
the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho
3 hand crews, 9 engines, 6 water tenders,
Size: 340,659 acres
and 1 helicopter
Percent Contained: 59
Injuries to Date: 8
Last night’s infrared flight showed an increase of about 1200 acres over the last several days. Growth was nearly all in the western wilderness portion of the fire. Additional containment of the fire was achieved from the southeast side of the old Saddle fire burn, east to the border of the Chrandal fire. To the south of the Chrandal burn, there is still fire activity in the heavy fuels on the ground while frost is on the treetops. The far northeast corner of the fire is still showing activity, although it is fairly subdued. With stagnant weather conditions, there is still significant smoke laying over central Idaho from other fires in the Pacific Northwest and Idaho. Later next week, a stronger weather system over the region may bring some welcome relief.
The search to recover all 418 pumps used on the complex is complete. All the grader work is finished. Crews will work on pulling flagging from all drop points and other locations, backhauling equipment and cleaning up remaining debris. The remainder of the hand lines will be rehabbed in the northeast corner of the fire and work will be completed on a few additional suppression repair projects. All but two hand crews and four engines will be released Saturday morning as the incident staffing requirements diminish.
All firefighting resources have returned to Base Camp at North Fork from spike camp at Drop Pt. 32 near Alta, MT. Dismantling of the ICP and Base Camp at North Fork is progressing with a completion day of this Sunday.
Highway 93 is open, hunters and recreationists will continue to see fire traffic on roadways in the area. Closure areas still in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest are from Indian Creek on the Salmon River Road (030) to the Granite Mtn. Rd. on Hwy 93 (Closure #529); and from Granite Mtn. Rd. on Hwy 93 to Lost Trail Pass (Closure #532). These closure areas will continue to be assessed by the Salmon-Challis National Forest on a daily basis and coordinated with the Bitterroot National Forest. Lifting of area closures on the Montana side of the fire will be directed by the Bitterroot National Forest. For information on the Montana closures, contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269.
Several area closures have been lifted on the Salmon-Challis National Forest (#530 river trail west of Corn Creek, #528 wilderness/Gattin area, #522 Colson to Spring creeks, #523 Spring creek road, and #527 Spring to Indian creeks). These open up the area west of Indian Creek along the Salmon River Road (030). Signs will be posted warning of the hazards that could be encountered in a recently burned area. Forest users should use caution and stay alert for smoldering logs, falling trees (carry a chainsaw) and rolling debris.
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