Salmon River Road remains open to residents, river users launching from Cove Creek and Corn Creek and Middle Fork river rafters taking out at Stoddard, Cache Bar and Corn Creek. The general public is urged to stay off the road so firefighters can work to protect structures and prevent the fire from spreading to the south side of the river.
The Mustang Complex Fire grew to 81,426 acres by Saturday morning and is moving east and northeast toward Montana. Fire behavior is expected to increase Sunday as thunderstorms move into the area. In anticipation of the fire’s advance, firefighters are clearing hazardous fuels from around homes in Spring Creek and Indian Creek.
Fire managers are urging residents of Indian Creek Road and Spring Creek Road, which is closed north of the Salmon River Road, to be prepared to leave quickly. More information about how to prepare is available at http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/
Nearly 500 firefighters and support crews are assigned to the fire from as far away as Florida and Pennsylvania.
For general information about the fire and road conditions, please contact the Mustang Fire Information Center at 877-356-8984. Air quality information sampled at the North Fork Ranger District is available at www.satguard.com/usfs/fleet.aspx.