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: 240 personnel including
the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho
3 hand crews, 9 engines, 6 water tenders,
Size: 339,380 acres
and 2 helicopters
Percent Contained: 55
Injuries to Date: 8
The final cooperators’ meeting was held Thursday at ICP with the fire management team, local, county, state and federal agency participants. The focus of the meeting was on actions taken over the entire duration of the fire. What was successful and could be recommended for use on future incidents, what additional actions might be considered when another need arises, and what actions need to be refined to enhance cooperation and effective communication between management teams, agencies and cooperators in the future. It was a productive meeting for all parties involved, highlighting several excellent recommendations.
Repair work was completed Thursday on a backcountry road bridge by an engine crew, while hand crews worked on specific rehab issues on the Montana side. Persistent tree torching was observed in the upper Burrell Creek drainage on the Idaho/Montana border. The Fire Meteorologist noted there was a thermal belt at about 7,000 feet in elevation which created a generalized thermal layer where most fire activity was occurring. The same weather phenomena could occur again today.
Crews will begin seeding areas on the northeastern side of the fire today. Monitoring fire activity and patrolling all road systems for fire related debris will continue on roads west of Hwy 93 through to the roads north of, and including the Main Salmon River road to Corn Creek. The road grader and water tenders are working towards completion of the road grading project on the east side of the fire.
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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