Goat Fire Near Middle Fork Of Salmon River Burns 300 Acres


By Paul Johnson

Middle Fork ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Fire continues to burn in the Goat Creek area 2 miles from the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, North Fork Ranger District; Salmon-Challis National Forest.
The Goat Fire is being managed under a monitor and point protection strategy. The fire is currently burning in stringers of alpine fir amongst rock outcroppings and cliff lines. Providing for firefighter and public safety is of the highest priority of the Goat Creek Fire Managers. Due to the extremely steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain and fire location, currently it isn’t safe to staff the fire with firefighters. Forest personnel are currently developing long term plans for this fire with a focus on firefighter and public safety as well as reducing the fire’s impacts to the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Corridors.

Smoke and fire may be visible from the lower end of the Middle Fork and along the Main Salmon River. Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Managers expect the fire to continue to burn throughout the summer or until a significant weather event occurs.

There are no trail or area closures at this time. Fire managers are evaluating closure needs based up fire activity. All visitors to the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness should be prepared to deal with the effects of natural events. Recreationists will experience a functioning, dynamic ecosystem that will evolve and change as nature molds and sculpts its landscape. Visitors should use caution if traveling near the Goat creek and Horse Haven areas. Wilderness experiences can include many unpredictable natural events, including fire, which can present dangerous situations. Areas within and adjacent to a fire are part of a rapidly changing environment. Hazards in the fire area can include rolling rocks and debris, falling trees, and dense smoke.

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