Early Wednesday, Lemhi County Sheriff’s deputies escorted river users from Corn Creek and Cache Bar past the site where rocks and trees fell onto Salmon River Road Tuesday afternoon blocking all traffic. The road closed later in the day when fire managers determined that similar dangers existed at other points on the road while the fire progressed along the ridgetops above.
The Mustang Fire grew dramatically Wednesday and into Thursday morning as several individual fires combined and moved north toward Montana. The fire, which was first spotted July 30, is now more than 73,000 acres.
The fire’s northward movement prompted the closure of more Forest Service roads in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. For details about the closure areas, see Mustang Fire information on Inciweb.org.
Structure protection work around riverside homes has prevented the loss of any homes or businesses to date. Thanks to the cooperation of area residents and river users, no firefighters or residents have been injured by the Mustang Fire.
For general information about the fire and road conditions, please contact the Mustang Fire Information Center at 877-356-8984.
For more information about wildland fires, visit http://inciweb.org.