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Mud Lick Fire

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

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Mud Lick Fire Wildfire
Closures – 8/23/2021

News Release Media Contact: Kyra Povirk (Salmon-Cobalt/Leadore District Ranger); 208-993-1316 Email: Web: Twitter:  @salmonchallisnf Facebook:  @salmonchallisnf


August 23, 2021

The Ridge Road 020 closure #04-13-21-12 is now terminated. The following is now open the portion of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 020 Ridge Road from where it intersects NFSR 045 Iron Creek Road to where it intersects NFSR 023 Stormy Peak Road. The closure was in place to protect public and firefighter health and safety during heavy equipment operations in support of the Mud Lick Fire. During this timeframe, crews completed work on a 24-mile-long 150 ft. wide fuel break along the Ridge Road.

“I know how important forest access is to our community and I am relieved to have the contingency line work and log decking completed so the road can be safely re-opened to the public,” said Kyra Povirk, Salmon-Cobalt District Ranger.

Timber from this clearing was decked for commercial and non-commercial use, including firewood. South of Williams Summit, two decks (#5 and #6) are signed as available for firewood gathering. Gathering firewood from other decks is prohibited. The slash on the opposite side of the road from decks 5 and 6 will be disposed of this fall.

The Salmon‐Challis National Forest continues to offer free personal‐use firewood gathering until December 31, 2021.  A free, hard copy permit is required.  Firewood cutters can call the Public Lands Center in Salmon or their local district office, to arrange for a free, hard copy permit, which will be issued by mail or other special arrangement. Free permits are also available at participating vendors in Salmon at Cycles, Sleds and Saws, Murdoch’s and Service Grocery; in Tendoy at the Tendoy Store; and in Leadore at the Stage Stop. Load tags will not be issued or needed with this permit, which is valid through December 31, 2021. Regular fee personal-use firewood permits ($5/cord, $20 minimum purchase) and maximum cut firewood permits ($10/cord, $20 minimum purchase, maximum 30 cords per individual per year) are also available for purchase from the Public Lands Center in Salmon or your local district office.
For more information and guidelines, please check the firewood cutting brochure available at or contact the Forest at 208-756-5100. 

Background: Initial fire growth indicated the Mud Lick Fire, started by lightning in early July, would spread in a northeast and southwest direction. As an operational back up to the main fire line (Panther Creek and the Panther Creek road), fire managers started work on a contingency line along the Ridge Road to protect the City of Salmon and our municipal watershed. Activities included clearing the existing Clear Creek fire fuel break of small diameter trees that have grown in the last 20 years, and then extending the fuel break to both the north and south. This effectively created a 24-mile-long 150 ft. wide fuel break to potentially slow fire spread and allow firefighters an opportunity to engage should the fire make it that far. The fuel break now runs from the intersection of the Ridge Road 020 and Stormy Peak Road 023, south to the intersection of the Ridge Road 020 and the Iron Creek Road 045.

To view an interactive Storymap about the Mud Lick Fire, go to          

Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when visiting the Forest.  The 2021 fire season began with unseasonably high temperatures and low fuel moistures, and despite recent rains, it’s important to be aware of the very high fire danger that will likely persist as we dry and continue into the summer.  We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires during this season.  Remember, One Less Spark Means One Less Wildfire. 

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