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Meridian Fire

Unit Information

Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467

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The Meridian Fire; reported October 5, is located approximately 22 miles south of Clayton in the Hunter Creek drainage on the Lost River Ranger District.  The fire is established in the timber and remains approximately 628 acres in size and is burning in Douglas fir and grass.  Fire cause is under investigation.  

Minimal fire behavior. The fire smoldering and creeping.  

Firefighters are using a confine and contain strategy.  Firefighters are continuing line construction on southern portion of the fire and monitoring the fire on the east and west sides of the fire where natural barriers will confine the fire.  Firefighters have completed 7% containment along the southern portion of the fire.  Firefighters anticipate favorable weather starting this afternoon which at that time will slow fire growth to the north.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday October 05th, 2020 approx. 11:30 AM
Location22 miles south of Clayton/36 miles west of Mackay in the Hunter Creek drainage on the Lost River Ranger District
Incident CommanderSouth Zone Duty Officer
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates43.941 latitude, -114.349 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size628 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained7%
Fuels Involved

Douglas fir and grass

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior. The fire smoldering and creeping.


Planned Actions

Monitor the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Continuing smoldering and creeping


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temperatures anticipated today and Friday in the wake of a system exiting east through Wyoming. The next winter-like

storm system arrives Friday night and continues through

Saturday night. Accumulating snowfall and much colder temperatures are expected with this next system.