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Cove Creek Fire

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

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GBT Type 2 Team to Transfer Command to Salmon-Challis Forest

Cove Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/13/2019

Great Basin Type 2 Team to Transfer Command to Salmon-Challis National Forest
Fire Managers Urge Continued Caution in the Area

Size: 4394 acres Containment: 58% Personnel: 174 Start Date: August 3, 2019 Cause: Lightning

The Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 7, led by Incident Commander Jeff Knudson, will transfer command of the Cove Creek Fire back to the Salmon-Challis National Forest tomorrow, August 14, at 6:00 a.m. A local Incident Commander, Mike Smith, will continue to suppress and ultimately control the fire.

Today, personnel from the Team and the Forest are working together to produce a plan for a smooth transition. An infrared flight will be used to detect remaining heat for crews on the ground and provide an updated map for the incoming team. Crews continue to patrol and mop-up the fire’s edge and clean-up equipment.

Fire managers urge residents and recreationists in the area to remain vigilant while traveling the Salmon River Road, the fire is not out yet. Smoke will be visible from heavier fuels smoldering within the interior and firefighters and their equipment will be present along the road.

This will be the final daily update for the Cove Creek Fire unless significant fire activity occurs.

RESOURCES: 1 Type 2 Crew 2 Engines 2 Type 2 Helicopters

WEATHER: Dry conditions will continue with temperatures in the lower 80s.

PUBLIC SAFETY: Please SLOW DOWN - DO NOT STOP in and around the fire area for the safety of firefighters and the public, helicopters cannot dip from spots where cars are parked too close, or where rafters are lingering in the river.

CLOSURES: To protect the safety of the public and firefighters, the Owl Creek Trail will remain closed. To read the complete text of the closure order and see a map of the closure area,

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: There are no fire restrictions at this time. Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to remember that it is your job and responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires. 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.

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