Crews Begin Removing Equipment And Supplies From Mustang Complex Fire
North Fork, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Crews working the Mustang Complex Fire burning north of the Main Salmon River and West of the North Fork of the River in Idaho have started the process of removing equipment and supplies from the fire. Officials say that includes backhauling of trash, port-a-potties, hose and water handling equipment. Repair of suppression actions is continuing including restoration of dozer line. A rehabilitation plan has been written and the Salmon-Challis National Forest is considering opportunities for salvage sales.
Yesterday, minimal fire activity was reported, mostly in the Montana portion of the fire and in the wilderness. There was some heat detected in Sage Creek but helicopters were able to drop water to lessen the fire intensity. Burnout operations in Hughes and Hull Creek were very successful and crews worked hard to attack any remaining hot spots.
As of today, 332, 301 acres have burned and officials say 20% of the fire is contained. 703 personnel are on the scene. Highway 93 remains open including all businesses along that corridor. The public is encouraged to visit the area and enjoy community events and activities. Travelers along Highway 93 should drive with headlights on and reduce their speed due to increased fire traffic from backhauling operations and smoky conditions.
The public is welcome to enjoy recreational opportunities on the Salmon River and in picnic areas and campgrounds south of the Salmon River Road.
On the Montana side, fire behavior was minimal in the Mine Creek area yesterday. Crews worked on mopping up and removing hazard trees 100 feet into the black in the Johnson Creek area yesterday. Today small fire burnouts will be conducted if the weather allows for it.