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Crews Continue To Gain Control Of Mustang Complex Fire

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By Paul Johnson

North Fork, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The fire burning north of the main Salmon River and West of the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho is now 50% contained and has burned 339,110 acres. That’s the word from officials with the Salmon-Challis National Forest. As of today, 299 personnel are on scene. All hard road closures will be lifted tomorrow, October 3, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. Officials say signs will be posted warning of the hazards that could be encountered in a recently burned area. Forest users should use caution and stay alert for smoldering logs, falling trees and rolling debris. Evacuation orders for Hughes Creek and Alta Creek Roads, on the Montana side were lifted October 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. On Monday, fire managers observed increased smoke in the northeast section of the fire near the Idaho/Montana border. This fire activity was well into the interior and caused by the hotter and drier conditions. Fire line improvement and rehabilitation is ongoing in this area. The northern fire lines are holding and northerly winds will not threaten the fire’s containment, which has been increased to 50 percent. Infrared heat detection flights have determined the hottest most active area of the fire is in the wilderness area to the northwest. A frontal passage late Tuesday afternoon will increase winds to 25 mph on the slopes and up to 35mph on the ridge tops. The west-northwest direction will again cause the fire to burn into itself, aiding fire fighter’s efforts. Crews will continue mopping up hot spots and rehabbing suppression dozer and hand lines in the northeast sections of the fire today. These efforts should be complete in three to four days.


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