September 18, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 208-865-2170 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Email: email@example.com, Website: http://inciweb.org/incident/3100/
Location: N of Main Salmon River and W of
Number of Resources: 823 personnel including
the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho
11 hand crews, 58 engines, 14 water tenders,
Size: 327,017 acres
3 dozers, and 5 helicopters
Percent Contained: 20
Injuries to Date: 6
Fire Closure Update: The two national forest areas, #533 and #534, east of Highway 93 that were closed due to the fire are open effective 6 a.m. today. All other fire closures remain in place.
Community Meeting: A community meeting will occur today at 7 p.m. at the North Fork Community Church. The public is encouraged to attend for the latest information on the Mustang Complex Wildfires.
Idaho: The fire was further contained along the Salmon River road from Sage Creek east to Highway 93. Firefighters successfully burned in Hull Creek and along the south side of Hughes Creek, further protecting the residences in that area. Crews were supported by water drops from two helicopters. Fire spread to the north and east within the wilderness and continued slow progression toward Hells Half Acre Lookout. Additional northerly spread occurred in Reynolds Creek, southern Bitterroot River and Allan Mountain areas.
The investigation of the 157-acre fire east of Highway 93 is complete. A determination was made that the fire was not human caused but more likely an ember that spotted over the highway from the main fire. Crews are monitoring the area.
Evacuations: The evacuation level changed on September 17th from level 3 to level 2 for residents in Sage Creek and for residents along the Highway 93 corridor from North Fork ( mile post 326.5) to Quartz Creek (mile post 339.6), just north of Gibbonsville, ID, including the Ditch Creek, Hughes Creek, and Hull Creek areas. Level 2 indicates a situation where dangerous conditions exist and may threaten residents or homes. Residents must be fully prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
Highway 93 is currently open. The public can expect thick smoke between North Fork and south of Gibbonsville. Travelers along Highway 93 should drive with headlights on and reduce their speed as fire personnel and equipment are working along the roadway.
Montana: The Mine Creek and Johnson Creek areas saw active fire behavior yesterday. A large helicopter was used in the higher elevations of the Johnson Creek area to cool down hot spots while crews continued to work on fire lines. Crews expect to complete the fire line connecting the old Saddle Complex burn to the 2012 Chrandal Fire in the next few days.
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