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The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for the West Fork area south of Darby because of dangers posed by the new Nelson fire.

Sheriff Steve Holton said the order includes residents of Nez Perce Road west of West Fork Road. The order also includes people living in Bear Hollow Court, Fox Lane, West Fox Lane, Lapwai Lane and West Lapwai Lane. The Nelson fire, which was discovered Monday, grew to about 50 acres Monday night and was about a mile from the nearest structure.

Tod McKay, Forest Service public information officer, said firefighters were in full suppression mode. The fire was burning mainly on private property.

 

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HAMILTON - Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton is ordering mandatory evacuations for residents near the Nelson Creek fire that's burning between Darby and Sula.

All residents of Nez Perce Road are under a mandatory evacuation order. Approximately 65 homes are evacuated, to include Lapwai Lane, West Lapwai Lane, Fox Lane, West Fox Lane, and Bear Hollow Court. 

A road block has been set up at Nez Perce Road only fire traffic will be allowed on Nez Perce Road. Sheriff Holton is asking that residents leave the area and evacuate immediately.

The Nelson Creek fire had burned between 75 and 100 acres as of midday on Tuesday.

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Two new fires were detected on the Salmon-Challis National Forest today. Both fires are on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately 2½ miles northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain, west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The lightning caused Remington Fire is estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain, west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Weather for both fires is continued warmer and drier conditions today under strong high pressure. Gradual increase in thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday as moist, unstable air moves into the area. Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Honeymoon and Remington Fires can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/

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The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols. Fire size is approximately 8,800 acres.

The forecast is for continued warmer and drier conditions today under strong high pressure. A gradual increase in thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday is forecasted as moist, unstable air moves into the area. Fire activity increased yesterday. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks.

The fire was most active in Trapper Creek with some growth on the northwest portion of the fire into the heads of Wickiup and Cat Creeks. The fire has moved east and is now burning outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire managers anticipate smoke will continue to filter into Challis. There will be a Community Meeting in Challis at 7PM on Tuesday, August 29th. Location will be announced tomorrow, Monday, August 28th.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest posted pictures of the "traffic jam" at Mt. Borah on Monday as thousands lined up to climb the peak for the eclipse of the sun. It was estimated that over 400 cars were parked in the vicinity, there were over 1000+ hikers on the mountain and anywhere between 150 and 200 people at the summit during #Totality. The Forest would like to thank everyone for being patient with the crowds. Patience paid off as as there were no issues reported during the eclipse event.

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The Salmon Hockey Association’s (SHA) dream of a new facility with warm viewing, a small food area and ADA compliant restrooms is finally coming true.  SHA started planning and raising money for this project over 2 years ago, although the dream began many years before that. The trailer that had been used was showing its age (estimated at over 40 years!) and keeping it clean, warm and pleasant for the hundreds of out-of-town visitors we host each winter was difficult if not downright impossible. 
Last year the fundraising was kicked into high gear and local individuals and businesses donated generously.  When the City of Salmon, LOT committee and CHC Foundation committed funds the demolition was scheduled.  Generous individuals and hockey players donated their time and equipment (from crowbars to excavators) to tear down the existing facility.  Groundbreaking for construction was completed in June and the building is going up.  SHA is proud to be using local contractors and locally sourced materials where ever we can.  
The final plans call for a small ‘snack’ food area; men’s, women’s and ADA Family restrooms along with both downstairs and upstairs warmed viewing of the hockey action on the rink.
We are still in need of funds for finishing the second floor and furnishing the facility.  Please contact Jane Dougherty Sandstrom 865-1118 or Michelle Tucker if you can give.
SHA and the residents of Salmon and Lemhi County will be proud to show off this new facility to our visitors next hockey season!
 

The Lolo Peak fire took another run of more than 3,800 acres Thursday night, jumping the containment line and burning structures.

On Friday morning, Public Information Officer Mike Martin said “today will be the most critical day of the fire to date.”

The fire is now estimated at 18,896 acres.

 

The number of burned structures, and whether they were homes or outbuildings hasn’t been released. Missoula County Rural Fire is assessing the damage.

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