The Norton Fire started on August 1, 2022 when thunderstorms tracked through the Salmon Challis National Forest. The lightning fire is located approximately seven miles Northwest of Lower Loon Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
An aggressive initial attack was attempted with 25 firefighters and two type 1 helicopters in an attempt to catch the fire small with direct attack. Ultimately due to firefighter safety, fire behavior and access to the fire, a direct attack strategy was changed to point protection. Fire managers continue to monitor fire activity using remote cameras and aircraft.
The fire is currently estimated at 470 acres. Norton Lookout has been protected with structure wrap. Firefighters will continue to assess values in the fire area, including values along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday August 01st, 2022 approx. 05:30 PM|
|Location||Approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.|
|Coordinates||44.857 latitude, -114.927 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM|
subalpine fir, douglas fir, sagebrush, and grass
Fire behavior increased due to dry and hot weather. The fire grew approximately 30 acres.
Assess values in the fire vicinity. Prepare a plan for each value to implement point protection measure if necessary for those values.
Installing a camera near Sleeping Deer Lookout in order to help monitor the fire.
Dry southwest flow moving in
from the Pacific shifts precipitation east with another day of monsoon
moisture impacts today. Expect isolated afternoon wet thunderstorms.