Ibex Fire

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Ibex Fire

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Ibex Fire Emergency Trail and Road Closure
Order Number: 04-13-17-591 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST MIDDLE FORK RANGER DISTRICT Ibex Fire Emergency Trail and Road Closure ... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 12 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

44.591 latitude, -114.691 longitude

Incident Overview

Fire in Rush Creek 8/9/17

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Fire size is approximately 5,700 acres with no significant growth due to current weather. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire is most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

An Emergency Trail and Road Closure is in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Ibex Fire. Closure information and a map is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37446/.

Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger. STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS http://bit.ly/2hROZ6d are in effect for the Salmon-Challis National Forest outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Copy of Order http://bit.ly/2uvKunL

The public can monitor a smoke sensors in Idaho at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.




Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
LocationFrank Church River of No Return Wilderness - 21 NM west of Challis, ID
Incident CommanderDan Bartel
Incident DescriptionModerate Fire Behavior With Isolated Torching, Creeping And Backing.

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size5,700 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (subalpine fir, lodgepole pine) litter and understory

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and backing.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The fire will be staffed with resources to implement point protection. Continue to improve contingency lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire will continue to move to the East and South. Smoke will continue to impact the community of Challis, ID. Trail and road closures in effect.

Remarks

The Forest plans to actively monitor and allow fire to play its natural role within the wilderness while directing the fire away from identified values.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry and warm conditions will continue across the central mountains through Saturday. Winds at ridgetop level are expected to increase during the day today, and gusts could approach 20 mph particularly across zone 476. Locally breezy conditions may be expected again Friday and Saturday along with increasing Haines Index. Humidities at lower elevations will be around 15 percent through the period, but the combination of low humidities and gusty winds is not expected

to reach critical thresholds. Look for moisture to return to the region by early next week for another round of afternoon

thunderstorms.

Unit Information

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Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis St.
Salmon, ID, ID 83467
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Email: idscffireinfo@fs.fed.us
Phone: 208-756-7853
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