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Boundary Fire

Unit Information

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

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The lightning caused Boundary Fire was detected on August 10, 2021.  The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain in heavy fuels in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.  After five days of heavy initial attack, a National Preparedness Level 5, which is the highest level of wildland fire activity, the Salmon-Challis National Forest reevaluated their strategy for the fire.  Fire managers are using a point protection strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.  Values at risk are defined as property, structures, physical improvements, natural and cultural resources, community infrastructure, and economic, environmental, and social values such as the Middle Fork River corridor. 

In mid-September, the Boundary Fire merged with the Scarface Fire.  At this time both fires are being managed as one larger incident known as the Boundary Fire. 

A local Type III Team lead by Riley Rhoades managed the fire from August 10 until August 24.  The morning of August 24, a Type IV Incident Commander took over command of the fire.  Additional crews began arriving and were on order on September 2 and a Type III Incident Commander, lead by Scott Robison assumed command of the fire.  On September 14, Great Basin Team 5 (Type II), Marty Adell, Incident Commander,  assumed command of the fire at 6:00 am.  On September 26 at 8:00 pm the fire transitioned to a local Type III Team lead by Jace James.  Transfer of command from the Type III Team to the local South Zone Duty Officer has occurred.

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are moderating the Boundary Fire but it has been over a week since the fire area received any precipitation. Expect to see smoke in the timber until snow comes and stays for the winter.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 10th, 2021 approx. 03:15 PM
Location24 miles NW of Stanley, ID
Incident CommanderSouth Zone Duty Officer
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.532 latitude, -115.329 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size87,778 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer, sage, grass, heavy dead and down, burn scars. Fuel models are timber, brush, and short grass.

Significant Events

Fire activity is minimal, the fire is smoldering, creeping, and backing.


Planned Actions

Remaining resources will continue to monitor any fire activity and keep access in the

area open.

Projected Incident Activity

Rain and Snow observed on fire area, warming trend expected in the forecast, potential for

minimal activity to be observed.


The containment field on this page refers to completion of incident objectives, not constructed line. Boundary launch is closed for the season.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Will be dry today with showers moving in Friday afternoon with

periods of rain and snow showers continuing through next