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Moose Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Moose Fire Information
Phone: 208-742-6690
Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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On Thursday evening, September 22nd, command of the Moose Fire transferred from Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 to Great Basin Incident Management Team 5. They plan to continue the good work established by Great Basin Team 1.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 17th, 2022 approx. 04:00 PM
Location17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Incident CommanderTrent Ingram, Great Basin Incident Management Team 5
Incident Descriptionwildfire
Coordinates45.375 latitude, -114.091 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel588
Size130,110 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Moderate load grass and shrubs. Low load timber, grass, and understory.

Young to mid-age timber reproduction, light loading of grass & shrubs and high loading of dead & down.

Significant Events





Fire behavior was minimal today. Heavy down fuels continue to consume.


Planned Actions

Division A/X: Monitor Divisions with air resources.

Division M: Hold fire west of Diamond Creek Road from Diamond Creek south to the Stormy Peak Road at Salmon then west along Old Leesburg Road. Keep the fire north of Old Leesburg and the fuel break along the powerline. Take appropriate suppression action to reduce fire intensity and impacts to the watershed. Continue suppression repair throughout the Division.

Division N/O: Minimize fire effects and limit spread into the Salmon Municipal watershed. Minimize fire effects and spread north of the Powerline and west of the Ridge Road, taking appropriate suppression action where necessary. Utilize IR capabilities to identify heat sources enabling crews to take appropriate suppression actions as needed.

Division T/W and Roads Group: Patrol and monitor containment lines. Protect critical values at risk to the Beartrack Mine and Leesburg infrastructure. Continue suppression repair as identified within the suppression repair plan. Continue to grade and smooth road surfaces to improve access for the public and fire suppression traffic.

Suppression Repair Group: Use heavy equipment and crews to perform fire suppression repair work in the lower Salmon area working with onsite Resource Advisors as approved in the Suppression Repair Plan.

Fuels Removal Group: Use heavy equipment to consolidate and relocate existing logs along powerlines to specified locations as determined by Salmon-Challis Forest staff. Remove residual slash created by previous suppression efforts away from containment lines to specified locations.

Projected Incident Activity


12 hours: Cold temperatures and moderate RH recovery will limit fire behavior to smoldering and creeping.

24 hours: Warmer and drier conditions over the fire area. Fuels will continue to dry out, fire behavior will be limited to creeping

and smoldering.

48 hours: Continued warmer and drier conditions across the fire area. Fuels will continue to dry out, fire behavior will be limited to creeping and smoldering.

72 hours: Dry conditions will continue for this period allowing fuels to dry somewhat. Slight increase in fire behavior possible, significant fire spread is not expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Dry conditions continue allowing the fuels to dry. Slight increase in fire behavior possible, significant fire spread is not expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns


Sunny skies were present across the fire area all day long. It started off cold with lows in the 30s to 40s and warmed into afternoon highs of 60s and 70s. The fire area is getting a little drier with the RH minimums in the 20%. Winds flowed from the West and were fairly weak with gusts in the teens. At lower elevations or more sheltered areas the winds were more terrain driven than westerly. Sunday will see almost the same conditions just a few degrees warmer and a few percent drier. Winds will likewise be nearly the same but a little weaker and more prone to being terrain driven.