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FIRE SUMMARY JULY 10, 2017

Fire resources across the Forest have recently responded to six new fires. 

July 4th, the Mowitch Fire (three acres, lightning caused) was reported on the Middle Fork Ranger District near Indian Creek. 

July 5th, the Cliff Fire (0.1 acres), started by an ATV which had caught on fire, on the Lost River Ranger District on Mine Hill and the Jesse Fire (one acre, lightning caused) on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District between Jesse and Pollard Creeks. 

July 6th, the Ajax Fire (0.5 acre, lightning caused) on the North Fork Ranger District, near Ajax Peak. 

The Ajax, Jesse, Cliff, and Mowitch Fires are all out. 

Yesterday, there were two new lightning fires reported. The Big Deer Fire, south of Big Deer Creek, northwest of Black Bird Mine, just outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District is at 0.1 acres and the Milk Fire, approximately eight (8) miles north of the Yankee Fork Work Center, east of Custer Lookout, on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District is at 10 acres. The Big Deer Fire is staffed with two firefighters and the Milk fire is staffed with 18 firefighters. 

While areas of the Salmon-Challis National Forest look green, fire danger is currently moderate. Fires can start quickly and will burn in vegetation that seems green but is drying out. 

Remember, if your campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold. One spark is all it takes to start a wildfire. 

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