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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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Moose Fire Information
Phone: 208-742-6690
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

08/17/2022 Moose Fire Daily Update for Wednesday, August 17
A virtual public meeting will be held TODAY, Aug 17 at 6pm on the Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook Page.Due to increased fire activity along the Salmon River from Pine Creek to Panther Creek,.
News - 08/17/2022
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Due to increased fire activity along the Salmon River from Pine Creek to Panther Creek, the portion of the Salmon River Road (#030) between Spring Creek and Panther Creek will be closed until further notice.  Panther Creek Rd is the alternate route to access Corn Creek.  The alternate route is unpaved, narrow, and will have fire-related and mining-related traffic present, so please drive carefully and plan for extra travel time.

 The hot, dry weather that settled into the area yesterday is forecasted to continue through the middle of the week. Winds are expected to remain light. The areas around Pine Creek and Beaver Creek are currently the most active, with the fire that crested the ridge over the Salmon Breaks now backing down the steep slope towards the river. Moderate smoke kicked up in the cottonwoods along Highway 93 near Bobcat Gulch around midday yesterday. Firefighters monitored the fire throughout the night, ensuring it remained within the fire perimeter. Today, rafts will shuttle fire-fighters and equipment across the river to work the fire. Good progress is being made on containment and contingency lines across the fire area, with the majority of planned lines being complete or nearing completion. The Pretty Fire that started two days ago near the intersection of Panther Creek Rd and Salmon River Rd was contained yesterday and has not grown in the past 24 hours. Moose Fire ground and aviation resources assisted with initial attack on a new lightning-caused fire, Petes Fire, yesterday near Moyer that is currently estimated at about 5 acres in size. 

 At 6:00 am Tuesday, August 16th, the Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 will assume command of the Moose Fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 17th, 2022 approx. 04:00 PM
Location17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Incident CommanderScott Shuster, Northern Rockies Team 2
Incident Descriptionwildfire
Coordinates45.375 latitude, -114.091 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel782
Size82,874 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained34%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 15th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

The primary carrier of fire at lower elevations is grass and shrub mix and is characterized as GS2. In the mid to upper elevation the fuels are mixed conifer (Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Engelmann Spruce) and are characterized as TU5. Moderate dead and down in the timber fuel model.

Significant Events


Uphill Runs

Isolated Torching


In the higher elevations the fire is predominately burning in mixed conifer with light to moderate dead and down surface fuels (FM10/TU5). Moderate fire behavior expected, with individual tree torching and short range spotting possible. In the lower elevations the fire is predominately burning in grass and shrub (GS2). Low to moderate activity expected in the grass fuels. Interior pockets of heavies will continue to burn out as fuels become more available.


Planned Actions

Division A/F/K will continue to monitor and patrol the north flank from Pine Creek to North Fork and along Highway 93. As the fire progresses west of Pine Creek toward Panther Creek, resources will work to minimize the potential for fire to cross the Salmon River.

Division X resources are completing and improving containment lines and preparing to conduct burning operations to protect structures.

North Structure Group will implement structure protection to values in the river corridor including Panther Creek and Beaver Creek, Resources will continue to support other divisions.

Division M will continue to secure the 'Diamond Line' and improve line along Jackass Ridge. Work will continue to finalize road prep, remove snag hazards and scout for opportunities to implement direct tactics. Burning operations are ongoing to ensure the fire does not impact structures.

Division O resources will continue to prep the Moose Creek Road from Jackass Ridge to Leesburg. Aviation resources are supporting ground resources to keep the fire west of the 300 road.

Division T will continue road prep along Williams Creek Road and along the Moose Creek Road west of Leesburg.

South Structure Group will continue structure protection in The division resources will also respond to new starts under the TFR or as requested.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Poor RH recoveries are expected once again tonight, increasing to the low 20s to upper 30s. Temperatures will primarily range between the upper 40s and upper 50s. Terrain driven winds will shift to downslope/down valley. Poor RH recovery expected overnight. Moderate fire activity through the night.

24 hours:

Monsoonal moisture begins to increase over the region which combines with strong daytime heating bringing increasing clouds and allowing for minor RH improvements for both the day and night. An isolated shower or thunderstorm can not be ruled out during the afternoon and evening. Otherwise no change in temperatures is expected. A Haines Index of 6 with primarily terrain driven winds is predicted. As the drying trend continues, fuels becoming more available. Minimal spread expected across most of the fire area. Moderate activity expected in Division X and O, small group tree torching possible. Short range spotting potential.

48 hours:

Increasing monsoonal moisture continues to push into the region. This combines with a weak upper trough. There is a slight risk of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Since the lower portions of the airmass remain very dry, little in the way of precipitation is expected. Strong and gusty outflow winds are possible if any shower/storm moves in the vicinity of the fire. Fuels continue to dry, except where affected by precipitation. Minimal fire behavior and spread expected across most of the fire area. Moderate activity along the western flank.

72 hours:

Monsoonal moisture will be over the region bringing increasing threat of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may produce brief but heavy rains. Gusty outflow winds are also possible. Cooler than previous days with better daytime humidity values. Reduced fire activity due to cloud cover, decreasing temperature and increasing RH.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

A threat of showers and thunderstorms continue over the region as moisture and dynamics combine. Some wetting rains are possible, especially under the thunderstorm core itself. Gusty outflow winds are also possible. Decreased fire behavior and spread, due to increasing RH, is expected. Longer term, warm and dry conditions relative to climatology are expected.


The Lemhi County Sheriff has set the evacuation status of zone 15 to 'ready' as of Wednesday evening.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

It was another hot and dry day with high pressure over the region. RHs in the fire area ranged in the single digits to around 20 percent. Winds were terrain-dependent with a light West to Northwest wind over the ridges.