Moose Fire rages – Local News 8

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) – The man-made Moose Fire burning west and south of the North Fork has burned 125,059 acres and is 35% contained.

A virtual public meeting has been set for Friday at 6:00 p.m. on this LINK.

After Wednesday night’s 15,000-acre fire grew and two areas near Salmon were evacuated, crews reignited the fire and began preparing new relief lines along the western edge of Salmon. Several water pumps, five log bridges, and a few portable water storage tanks (nicknamed pumpkins because of their shape and color) were lost during Hell. No firefighters were injured and no accidents occurred. Napias Creek at the geographic center of Thursday’s fire front continues to hold in heat.

The fire has encroached on approximately 489 acres in the municipal watershed of Salmon. The affected area is the northernmost tip of the watershed and a large spot fire south of the power line that feeds Panther Creek and three mines.

The contingency group has been reassigned to structure protection and will now be called the structure group. The Structure group coordinates with local resources to plan and protect structures north and west of the town of Salmon. A bulldozer line was constructed as a backup line along the foothills from Diamond Line to Stormy Peak Road.

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and thick smoke contributed to minimal fire behavior on the fire footprint yesterday. All heavy fuel removal party equipment left the hill via Stormy Peak Road. Many areas have been systematically assessed and stains extinguished. Other completed activities include clearing and clearing, opening Highway 197 for access, and preparing Highway 096 to reduce accumulated fuels. Damaged pumps and sprinklers have been replaced, connected and working. Fallen trees on Route 300 near Leesburg have been removed to gain access.

Friday’s plan is to hold the fire west of Diamond Creek Road, north of the Municipal Salmon Watershed, north of 300 Road near Arnett Creek, continue to protect values ​​at risk, patrol and d extinguish spot fires and hot spots, clear access roads and continue the fire line constructed from Stormy Peak towards Pollard Acres and Williams Creek Road.

EVACUATIONS

The Beartrack mine and the Leesburg area were evacuated on September 6. On September 7, Areas 1 and 11 were placed in “GO” status and evacuated using the CodeRED system. Areas 12 and 13 are in “SET” status, as determined by the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office. Additional details are available at: https://bit.ly/LemhiCountyEvacs

CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS

A Salmon-Challis National Forest closure order was updated Sept. 8 to certain roads, trails and a defined geographic area around the fire. Moose Fire Emergency Area Road and Trail Closure Order # 04-13-22-509. This closure applies to access for hunting, cutting and gathering firewood, fishing, hiking, camping and other recreational activities. Firewood permits and additional details are available at the Salmon-Challis NF offices.

Air quality

Fire activity and smoke production are expected to continue today. Overnight smoke production and regional transport combined to form a dense layer of smoke overhead. This smoke
will begin to mix before NE winds attempt to bring cleaner air from Montana this afternoon. Carmen, Salmon and Lemhi Valley should see a slight improvement this afternoon, but will likely be
spending most of the day in the unhealthy range.

Fire Restrictions

Phase 1 fire restrictions are in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest, BLM and Idaho State lands in Custer and Lemhi counties, excluding wilderness areas. Stage 1 restrictions limit outdoor fires to only propane stoves, or fully enclosed metal wood-burning stoves, or wood-burning fires in fire pits established at specific developed recreation sites, or in fire-burning stoves specific metals in areas near the Salmon River.

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