Fire Update From The Salmon/Challis National Forest


By Paul Johnson

Salmon/Challis National Forest, Idaho (KMVT-TV) – The fires continue to burn in central Idaho today. The Halstead fire near Stanley has burned 96,235 acres and remains at 5% contained. Meanwhile the Mustang complex fire near Salmon has burned 99,450 as of this time and is 9% contained, according to officials at the scene. Both fires were lightning caused.

Meanwhile, The Carmen Fire, Big Silverleads Fire, Cow Fire and South Fork of Moyer Fire, all started by
lightning over the past 6 days have all been contained. Some were kept very small – 1/10th of an
acre in size for the North Fork District’s Big Silverleads and Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District’s
South Fork of Moyer. Others took a little more effort to stop – the Carmen Fire, also on the
North Fork District, was 4 acres upon containment and the Cow Fire, near the confluence of
Loon Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, grew to 60 acres before firefighters were
able to contain it.
The Merino and Norton Fires continue to show minimal signs of activity within the Frank
Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Given terrain and
resources available the fires are being monitored to determine when future management actions
may be needed. The Merino Fire is currently 677 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.

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