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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
Email: 2022.moose@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-742-6690
Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Highlighted Activity

10/05/2022 Moose Fire Update for Wednesday, October 5
Moose Fire Daily Update for October 5, 2022Today is the last operational shift of Great Basin Incident Management Team 5. Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 is assuming command of the fire at...
News - 10/05/2022
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On Wednesday evening, October 5th, command of the Moose Fire will transfer from Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 to Great Basin Incident Management Team 7. Great Basin Team 7 will continue the good work.  

The Moose Fire started on the Salmon River bank near Little Moose Creek on Sunday, July 17th, 2022. The fire spread from the river bank from grass and shrubs at low elevations to mixed conifer forests at high elevations. Fire managers are working to:

- Protect private property and natural resources

- Provide public and responder safety

- Strengthen relationships with community and partners

Firefighters continue to mop up and patrol the Salmon River Road area. Across the fire, firefighters will address hot spots. Crews are also conducting suppression repair which includes actions to stabilize an area to pre-fire conditions.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
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 Personnel303
Size130,119 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
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

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Fire behavior was minimal today. Isolated heavy down fuels continue to consume, creeping and smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Divisions A and X: Unstaffed.

Division M: Minimize fire spread from current footprint, complete suppression repair per the approved Suppression Repair Plan, and maintain roadways.

Division O/N: While using the risk management process to maximize firefighter safety, implement tactics to minimize fire spread within the current footprint. Identify suppression repair and backhaul needs and coordinate with READs to perform work.

Division T/W: Protect critical values at risk to the Beartrack Mine and Leesburg infrastructure. Continue suppression repair as identified within the suppression repair plan.

Suppression Repair Group: Implement suppression repair plan in coordination with onsite resource advisors. Coordinate plan of work with all divisions.

Fuels Removal Group: Repair skidder road along powerlines between the Leesburg area and DP 53. Coordinate with READs to perform other suppression repair work in the area.

Roads Maintenance Group: Grade and smooth road surfaces for public and fire suppression traffic.

Projected Incident Activity

(1005,1730)

12 hours: Cool temperatures, recent precipitation, and good RH recovery will limit fire behavior to smoldering and creeping.

24 hours: Mild temperatures, light winds, and moderate RH will limit fire behavior to creeping and smoldering.

48 hours: Good relative humidity recovery and low winds will limit fire behavior to creeping and smoldering. Slight warming and drying trend as high pressure builds over fire area.

72 hours: Moderate temperatures, and moderate relative humidity will limit fire behavior to smoldering and creeping. Slight warming and drying trend continues as high pressure will be over the fire area.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Moderate temperatures, and moderate relative humidity will limit fire behavior to smoldering and creeping. Slight warming and drying trend continues as high pressure will be over the fire area.

Remarks

GBT5 will transition with GBT7 on Wednesday, October 5 at 2000 hrs

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

(1005,1730)

A warming and drying trend continues this week as high pressure builds across the region. Temperatures this afternoon are again warming to around 10 degrees above season averages with highs expected to warm into the mid-70s for lower elevations and low 60 for higher elevations on the fire perimeter. Afternoon temperatures are currently reporting in the 20-30% range this afternoon with the ongoing drying trend, but good overnight recoveries are still being observed with RH values increasing over 60% across the mountains and greater than 80% for lower valleys. Temperatures will peak through Thursday before moderating through the weekend as high pressure weakens. Expect light and mainly diurnal terrain driven breezes to prevail. Further cooling is possible early next week with a potential for a frontal system to provide increasing breezes, humidity, and cloud cover.