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Mud Lick Fire

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

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Mud Lick Fire Information
Phone: 208-510-8359
Hours: Daily from 7 am - 7 pm

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On July 21st at 6 a.m. Tony DeMasters Great Basin Team 2 took command of the Mud Lick, Haynes, and Iron Fires. Information on these fires will now be provided here on the Mud Lick InciWeb page. A brief summary of each of these fires is below.

The Mud Lick Fire started by lightning on July 8, 2021. The fire is located approximately 23 miles due west of Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. The fire is burning in grass, brush, dead/down timber, and trees and is burning in the 2000 Clear Creek Fire scar, north and east of the Bighorn Crags and west of Panther Creek near the Blackbird Mine.  Road, trail, and area closures are in effect. The following trails are closed to all uses: Lick Creek #010, Birch Creek #023, Gant Ridge #028, Indian Creek #026, and Big Deer #029. Road closures include portions of Panther Creek, Williams Creek, Leesburg Road, Napias Creek, Phelan Creek, Deep Creek, Crags and Hoodoo Meadows Roads.  Roads are closed to all uses including hiking, biking, motorized use, and horse travel. An area closure has been put in place for all areas that could be affected by the Mud Lick Fire. For more information on the area included, please see Order Number: 04-13-21-011 under the closure tab for the Mud Lick Fire. Visit the Forest’s website at for more information regarding the closures.


The lightning-caused Haynes Fire started on July 16 and is located at the headwaters of Haynes Creek on the Leadore Ranger District. The Salmon‐Challis National Forest has implemented Haynes Fire Emergency Road Closure, Order Number: 04‐13‐21‐008. Road closures went into effect on July 19th for portions of Baldy Basin Road (NFSR #60152), Haynes Basin Road (NFSR #60016), K Mountain Road (NFSR #60427), Twelve‐mile Creek Road (NFSR #60014). Roads are closed to all uses including hiking, biking, motorized use, and horse travel.  Visit the Forest’s website at for more information regarding the closures. The Bureau of Land Management - Salmon Field Office has implemented an emergency road closure affecting public lands in the Haynes Creek and McDevitt Creek areas in Lemhi County to provide protection to visitors from the current fire safety hazards, wildfire activity and fire suppression activity.   


The Iron Fire was started by lightning on July 17th and is located southwest of Badger Creek on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. The Iron Fire is in an active monitoring status.   


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 08th, 2021 approx. 08:15 AM
LocationMud Lick Fire - approximately 23 miles west of Salmon. Haynes - approximately 12 miles southeast of Salmon. Iron - approximately 18 miles south-southwest of Salmon.
Incident CommanderGreat Basin Type I Team 2 - Tony DeMasters
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.183 latitude, -114.421 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel347
Size20,607 Acres
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 31st, 2021 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Mud Lick - Predominantly ponderosa pine intermixed with Douglas fir on north slopes. Grass and brush dominate south slopes. Timber regeneration stands and heavy slash from previous fires.

Haynes - Predominantly sub-alpine fir with heavy dead and down. Transition to lodgepole and Douglas fir. Grass dominates lower elevations.

Iron - timber, understory, brush, and grass.

Significant Events

For today: Mud Lick - Over the last 24 hours, wide spread coverage of precipitation over the fire area ranged from 0.25-0.5" on average with continued precipitation today. Fire behavior was minimal and confined to smoldering heavy dead and down fuels.

Both the Haynes and Iron Fires are 100% contained. No other significant changes occurred during the burn period.


Planned Actions

Monitor fire progression toward Panther Creek Road between DP 50 and the intersection of Silver Creek Road and Camas Creek Road. Continue to construct and improve alternate containment line. Resources are working south from 5 Corner Spike and north from Williams Spike toward each other on the alternate containment line. Implement point protection actions in the Yellow Jacket, Blackbird Mine, and Big Hon Crags areas. Monitor fire progression at the wilderness boundary. Additionally, crews are securing pumps, fuel, and equipment away from stream beds to higher ground in preparation for possible flooding and debris flows.

Projected Incident Activity

Mud Lick: Fuels are still wet from recent precipitation and fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and some creeping under thick canopy.

Haynes/Iron – no anticipated perimeter growth.


Great Basin Team #7 (Knudson) shadowed on Monday 8/2 and transfer of command will occur 8/3 at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Very high atmospheric moisture remained over the are allowing showers and thunderstorms to persist through the afternoon hours bringing more widespread rain. Extensive cloud cover kept temperatures from rising above 80F. Winds remained light overall with afternoon showers and thunderstorms generating gusty outflow winds.