Skip to main content

Shady Fire

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield


Shady Fire Wildfire
News – 7/26/2019


The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

On Inciweb @

July 26, 2019

Date of Detection: July 10, 2019

Current Size: 2,681 acres

Location: Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of

No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: subalpine fir and lodgepole pine

Resources on Fire: 23 personnel



FIRE UPDATE: Fire activity increased yesterday afternoon. The fire was active in the bottom of the Shady Creek drainage burning to the north. The fire is established in Shady and Casto Creeks, in an unnamed drainage east of Casto Creek, and in an unnamed drainage north of Silver Creek and west of Shady Creek. The southwest fire’s edge has burned into the 2012 Halstead fire scar. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Shady Fire as firefighters are in the area. In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

WEATHER: Isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop by afternoon and continue into the evening. All storms will have the potential to produce very gusty winds with little precipitation expected. .

CLOSURES: The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Shady Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-613. The road and trail closure is described as road #40012 (Sheep Mountain Road) beginning at the junction with FS Road #40008 at Seafoam Guard Station ending at Road #40172, forest trail #4005 (Sheep Creek Trail) entire trail, forest trail #4012 (Duffield Trail) entire trail, and forest trail #4023 (Bernard Creek Trail) entire trail.

The above-described road and trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Custer County, Idaho. This closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Shady Fire.

FIRES RESTRICTIONS: There are no fire restrictions at this time. Fires can start quickly and will burn in vegetation that seems green but is drying out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold.


Related Information