Moose Fire burns tens of thousands of acres north of Salmon, Idaho

Both sides of the salmon river

Moose Fire map, 9:56 PM Jul 20 2022
Moose Fire map, 3D, looking north at 9:56 p.m. on July 20, 2022.

The Moose Fire 12 air miles northwest of Salmon, Idaho was very active Wednesday afternoon on both sides of the Salmon River, on the western, southern, and eastern flanks. A Wednesday night mapping trip found it had grown to more than 20,600 acres and was two miles west of the North Fork and Highway 93.

Fire officials said the fire was still likely to reach the corridor of Interstate 93. Additionally, the fire continues to grow to the west along the south side of the Salmon River, beyond east Boulder Creek.

Moose Fire map, 9:56 PM Jul 20 2022
Moose Fire map, 9:56 p.m. July 20, 2022.

Fire brigades are creating a direct and indirect fire line on the north side of the fire north of the Salmon River, from Mount Ulysses to the west and east toward the river. On Wednesday, burning operations near the mountain were completed and crews secured and improved the line until evening.

MOS FIRE Jul 17 2022
Moose Fire, July 17, 2022. InciWeb

South of the river firefighters expect to use a spillway, natural features, or methods to stop the spread.

Evacuation information is available on the Lemhi County website.

Dry, hot, windy conditions are expected to continue Thursday with humidity close to 10 percent and 15 mph westerly winds up to 22 mph. Friday’s forecast predicts humidity in the mid-teens with stronger winds, 22 mph to 31 mph shifting northwest in the late afternoon. Fire growth on Thursday and Friday may be significant, but conditions will moderate on Saturday and Sunday.

another fire, fire trough pig 53 air miles east-northeast, burned about 350 acres and 15 miles east-southeast of Grantsdale, Montana.

Fires of moose and pigs basin
Moose and Hog Trough Fires, satellite image at 7:16 p.m. EDT on July 20, 2022. In the far north, the Hog Trough Fire is smaller.

The forecast for smoke from the two fires predicts that it will move primarily northeast and east Thursday afternoon and evening, possibly affecting salmon, Butte, Bozeman, Livingston, Dillon, and East and Southeast points.

Smoke forecast at 8 PM EDT on July 21, 2022
Smoke forecast at 8 p.m. EDT on July 21, 2022. NOAA.

The Type 1 Incident Management Team has been activated. Other allocated resources include 18 manual crews, 25 fire engines, and 9 helicopters for a total of 517 personnel.

MOS FIRE Jul 17 2022
Moose Fire, July 17, 2022. InciWeb

author: Bill Jabert

After working full-time in prairie fires for 33 years, he continues to learn, striving to be a student of fire. View all posts by Bill Gabert

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