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Vader Fire

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

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Vader Fire Update July 24, 2019

Vader Fire Wildfire
News – 7/24/2019

FIRE UPDATE: Yesterday, fire activity was minimal with no fire expansion. Firefighters continued to improve and strengthen fire containment lines by extinguishing scattered heat well within the fire perimeter.

Travel was restored Monday night on Highway 21. Motorists must limit speed to 45mph and keep an eye out for firefighters operating near the roadway between mileposts 112 and 119. Please continue to use caution when traveling in the area and be aware of fire traffic.

Fire priorities continue to include full fire suppression, minimizing loss or damage to natural and cultural resources that could be impacted by the fire, and providing for public and firefighter safety.

Today, firefighters will continue seeking out hotspots and mopping up well within the fire area, utilizing the additional hose and pumps that were added to the high country northwest of Vader Creek yesterday.

AREA CLOSURE: An area closure remains in effect from State Highway 21 on the east, Meadow Creek on the south and the ridgeline that connects Meadow Creek back to State Highway 21 on the west. All roads and trails within the closure area and those bounding the closure area, except for Highway 21, are closed. Thatcher Creek Campground and Vader Creek Day-Use Area are closed. Trap Creek Campground remains open. Closure Order Number: 04-13-19-612.

WEATHER: A dry cold front will move through the area this morning, but the daily high will remain in the 80s with clear skys. In the afternoon, the relative humidity is expected to drop into the teens with winds out of the northwest 4 to 8 mph with afternoon gusts 15 to 20 mph.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: There are no fire restrictions at this time. While the Salmon-Challis National Forest looks green, fire danger is a key concern. 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. One spark is all it takes to start a wildfire.

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