Published Monday, July 25, 2022, 1915 hours PT

The MOOSE FIRE is located 17 miles northwest of Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest (USFS), which is under the management of the Great Basin Team 2, a Type-1 IMT.

Credit: USFS (July 17, 2022 Photo)

The fire ignited from an unknown cause on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at around 1600 hours PT. It is under the management of Incident Commander, Tony DeMasters.

There have been 35,739 acres of timber, litter, and grass have been destroyed. Resources have reached a 10% containment status and they expect containment to be reached on August 30, 2022.

Fire behavior still remains active with uphill runs, group torching, and flanking.

Fire Command and Officials will work on the next objectives of the fire:

Division A/F: To continue securing line from Ulysses Mountain southwest to Indianola and southeast to the Salmon River.

Division K: To continue structure prep along Highway 93 from North Fork south toward Salmon, and monitor the fire’s progression south along Highway 93 looking for opportunities to square the fire’s edge as it progresses.

Division O: They will look for indirect line locations north of Jesse Creek to protect the Salmon Municipal Watershed.

Division T: They will validate indirect line construction locations from Leesburg to the west and coordinate with Division O on implementations.

Credit: USFS

River Group: They will continue structure prep along the Salmon River from Spring Creek to Pine Creek and monitor fire progression on the south side of the Salmon River.

Night Operations: They will continue to patrol the Salmon River corridor and Highway 93 as well as priority areas identified by day operations.

Aviation Resources: To coordinate helicopter removal from the river with a large crane to lessen travel impacts on suppression resources around Indianola Guard Station.

There are about 20 crews, 35 engines and eight helos assigned.

There have been three structures lost.

Fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $6.5 Million Dollars.

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