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Latest Fire Information From The Salmon-Challis National Forest

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By Paul Johnson

Salmon, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Here is the latest information on several fires burning or reported burning in central Idaho.

The Carmen Fire, started by lightning on the North Fork Ranger District, was spotted on August
18, 2012. The fire currently stands at 4 acres in size with 51 personnel staffing it. It is
anticipated that containment will occur by the evening of the 20th.
The Merino and Norton Fires continue to burn within the Frank Church River of No Return
Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Currently, given terrain and resources available
the fires are being monitored to determine when future management actions may be needed. The
Merino Fire is currently 642 acres. This fire has not crossed the Indian Springs Road or Cliff
Creek at this time and remains approximately 6 air miles southeast of the Middle Fork of the
Salmon River. Little change was detected on the Norton Fire, which is approximately 3 miles
northwest of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River near Norton Creek. Two smokejumpers,
serving as Fire Effects Monitors are watching the Norton Fire. The White and Bear Fires, also
on the Middle Fork Ranger District, have not shown any evidence of smoke for over a week,
they are still being monitored to ensure public safety.


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