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Norton Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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Phone: 801-413-3164
Hours: 8am - 8pm

Highlighted Activity

08/16/2022 Daily Update August 16, 2022
Hot & Dry Weather Produces Increased Fire ActivityDry and warm conditions are expected through mid-week, as a ridge of high-pressure builds. Yesterday afternoon, fire managers monitoring the Norton...
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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 01st, 2022 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationApproximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Incident CommanderRhoades
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.857 latitude, -114.927 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size470 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

subalpine fir, douglas fir, sagebrush, and grass

Significant Events

Fire behavior increased due to dry and hot weather. The fire grew approximately 30 acres.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry southwest flow moving in

from the Pacific shifts precipitation east with another day of monsoon

moisture impacts today. Expect isolated afternoon wet thunderstorms.