Both sides of the salmon river
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– Thomas Stokes (@tstokes1219) July 19, 2022