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Ibex Fire Update September 4, 2017

Challis, Idaho: Sunday Forest Service observations indicated the fire was most active in the head of Tenmile Creek and the upper Yankee Fork drainage. Despite yesterday hot and dry conditions, fire growth was minimal. A Type 1 helicopter continued to make bucket drops at the head of Tenmile Creek in attempts to slow the fire growth into Tenmile Creek drainage and towards Eightmile Creek. Firefighters continued working along the Custer Motorway preparing contingency lines by completing saw work, installing hand lines, and improving existing line. Today objectives are to continue this work.

Smoke from area fires, including the Ibex Fire, is impacting the local area and the town of Challis. Additional smoke is coming into the area from the Bearskin Fire (Boise National Forest), Highline Fire (Payette National Forest), and the Honeymoon and Remington Fires (Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest). A smoke forecast and other information regarding smoke in the area is published by the National Weather Service and is located at http://www.weather.gov/pih/ . Air quality information is located at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/, http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air?]quality/monitoring/daily?]reports?]and?]fo... , http://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net , and https://arcg.is/1zfeqH .

There have been no Infrared (IR) flights over the fire for the past two nights; therefore, fire size remains at 14,503 acres. 35 personnel and one helicopter are currently assigned to the fire. 

Today very dry humidity and record hot temperatures are expected. A weak, dry front will bring breezy northerly to northeasterly winds later in the day. Temperatures will drop slightly Tuesday, however, well above average temperatures and dry conditions are predicted through early Thursday.

The Ibex Fire started on July 24, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Fire objectives include using fire to accomplish natural resource objectives and take suppression actions proportionate with values at risk, while providing for public and firefighter safety. 

Emergency Area Closure Order Number 04-13-17-593 went into effect August 24 and includes the following roads and trails to provide protection to forest visitors:

Parker Mountain Mine Road #40068 

Warm Springs Creek Trail #4104 

East Mayfield Yankee Fork Trail #4114 

Cold Creek Trail #4116 

Cottonwood Creek Trail #4117

Trapper Creek Trail #4119

Kerr Creek Trail #4120

Mahoney Creek Trail #4121

Challis Creek Trail #4147.1

Hot Creek Ridge Trail #4248

Challis Creek Lakes Trail #4268

Closure information and a map is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/38955/ .

STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS were lifted as of 12:01 AM, Thursday, August 31 for the Salmon-Challis National Forest. However, fire danger is still VERY HIGH, so please use precaution while enjoying your national forest. 

The Ibex Fire is on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/

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