Current Size: 99,144 acres
Location: Main Salmon River, 28 air miles west of North Fork, Idaho. Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources: 510 personnel including 7 hand crews, 33 engines, 6 dozer and 2 helicopters.
Community Meeting: is set for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22 at the North Fork Fire Station.
Forecast: Drier air will build into eastern Idaho with breezy westerly winds. Gusts between 15 to 20 mph are possible on the ridge tops. Temperatures will be slightly cooler behind the cold front with slightly higher relative humidity values. A thermal belt will develop overnight that will produce warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity within the fire areas.
Remarks: The Mustang Fire showed significant fire behavior yesterday near Spring Creek, along road #043 and the Nabob Mine areas. Structure protection progress continued in the Indian, Sage, and Squaw creek areas with road improvements and fuels removal. On the Lost Packer Fire, structure protection is taking place from Corn Creek to Lantz Bar along the Salmon River. The fires are burning in timber and grass at the lower elevations, and timber at the higher elevations, with pockets of beetle killed timber scattered throughout the fire area. The Mustang Fire is expected to continue to spread along Oreana Ridge toward the Gattin Ranch and eastward along the Salmon River toward Indianola and Dutchler Mountain.
Homeowner Preparedness: For suggestions on how to prepare around your home for wildfires visit the Ready, Set, Go website at www.wildlandfirersg.org and the Firewise website at www.firewise.org
Salmon River Access: The Salmon River remains open to rafting and jet boat recreationists. All recreationists are required to stop at the North Fork Ranger Station before proceeding down river. The Salmon River road remains open to local residents and river recreationists; however, all launches for the main stem of the Salmon River are from the Cove Creek Boat Launch. The public is discouraged from using the road due to heavy use associated with fire suppression and rolling debris. Area closures are in effect to protect the public from hazards associated with the fires. For information on the area closures, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/closures/3100/.
The Spring Creek Road (#038) is closed from the Salmon River Road (#030) to State Line Road (#044). State Line Road (#044) is closed to Horse Creek Road (#065). Horse Creek Road (#065) is closed from Spring Creek Road (#038) to the Gattin Ranch. Horse Creek Campground is closed.
Air Quality: Poor air qualities resulting from smoke in many of the areas is a cause for concern. For more information on smoke, visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
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