Published July 27, 2022, Wednesday, 1200 hours PT

Credit: USFS

The MOOSE FIRE is located 17 miles north of Salmon, Idaho, and burning in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The fire ignited on July 17, 2022.

The cause had been preliminary ruled as undetermined.

It is under investigation to determine the exact cause.

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COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE: July 27, 2022, 1600-1800 hours (4pm-6pm) at the Gibbonsville Improvement Association Building (old schoolhouse).

– USDA Fire Officials

EVACUATIONS: Level 2 (GO Now) Evacuations have been issued by the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office for those on both sides of Hwy 93 from Tower Creek to North Fork. – USDA Fire Officials.


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Management of the fire is under the direction of the Great Basin Team 2, a Type 1 IMT with IC Tony DeMasters as the lead.

There have now been over 38,000 acres of timber and grass burned and firefighters have reached a 15% containment status.

Fire Status: “Firefighters have increased containment along the North edge of the Moose Fire, while also taking actions to help keep the fire out of the Highway 93 corridor.” – USFS

Planned Fire Operations for the next 12 hours consist of:

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

Division K continues structure prep along Highway 93 from North Fork to Tower Creek and monitors the fire’s progression south along Highway 93 looking for opportunities to square fire edges as it progresses.

Division M will continue indirect line construction of Diamond Creek west to the existing line.

Division O will continue to support Division M and begin improving the primary line from the Diamond line south toward Leesburg.

Division T will be unstaffed.

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

Coordinating helicopter removal from the river with a large crane to lessen travel impacts on suppression resources around Indianola Guard Station.

Fire behavior has been observed as active with crowning, running, and group torching.

There is 821 total personnel assigned to this incident.

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