Moose Fire Daily Update
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56,049 acres, 23% contained. Human caused - under investigation. West of North Fork, Idaho. Grass, brush and timber fuels.
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Discussion of strategies and plans to protect the Salmon Municipal Watershed
The Moose Fire began on July 17th near the confluence of Moose Creek and the Salmon River.
Yesterday, temperatures and fire activity were moderated early in the day by 2 smoke layers – smoke from the Moose Fire and a fire in Northern California. After 3 p.m., the smoke lifted and fire activity increased producing visible columns in Pine Creek, along the Stormy Peak Road west of Moose Creek, and on the east side of the fire in the Napoleon Creek and Comet Creek areas. Drones were used in strategic firing operations to remove fuels between the fire front and the large indirect containment line, the Diamond Line, and to bring the fire down to the river just north of Comet Creek. Large airtankers dropped retardant along the Diamond line to slow the growth of any spot fires that could be started by falling embers. Fire activity, due to high heat and low humidity, continued late into the night.
Today, elements of increased fire activity remain present: wind, high temperatures, low humidity and dry fuels. A 20% chance of thunderstorms exists with a low probability of precipitation. In the morning while the atmosphere is capped with smoke and winds to the south prevail, favorable conditions exist for firefighters to achieve objectives and stall fire spread into new fuels. When the inversion lifts and the wind shifts to coming from the west, high temperatures are expected to return and fire activity will increase. There westerly winds are forecasted to increase to 15-20mph.
The Pilot Car System on Salmon River Road is scheduled to run with two-way traffic today (a pilot car on both ends) with potential for temporary delays. The pilot car system is for residents, river permit holders and river shuttles. The road is closed to all other traffic. Alternative route: Williams Creek Rd (021) to Deep Creek Rd (101), then north on Panther Creek Rd (055). Stay on the most traveled roadway. This route is long and unpaved, and drivers should be prepared for heavy mining and recreation traffic, including semi-trucks and vehicles with trailers.
EVACUATIONS: The Lemhi County Sheriff has placed Zone 2 (both sides of Highway 93 from Tower Creek to North Fork) in “GO” evacuation status. Zones 7 & 8 (Squaw Creek to Pine Creek on the Salmon River Rd) and Zone 1 (Tower Creek to Carmen, west of Salmon River) are at "SET" status. All other zones are in “Ready” status. The latest updates from the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office can be found at https://www.lemhicountyidaho.org/site-home/urgent-alerts/latest-updates-moose-creek-fire. The fire remains very active and all residents in proximity of the fire should follow the Ready!Set!Go! guidance.
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS: The Salmon‐Challis National Forest has implemented the Moose Fire Emergency Area, Road, and Trail Closure, Order #04‐13‐22‐505. Details and a closure map can be found at https://bit.ly/3BotHEf . Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in effect in East Central Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, BLM and State of Idaho lands in Custer and Lemhi Counties, excluding wilderness area.
TOTAL FIRE RESOURCES ASSIGNED: 960 personnel, 19 hand crews, 60 engines. Helicopters: four type 1, two type 2, three type 3.