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THURSDAY FIRE REPORT September 7, 2017 

Challis, Idaho: 

Yesterday’s fire activity was most prevalent in upper portions of Tenmile Creek and into east Mayfield Creek. The Fire continues to burn in the Yankee Fork Meadows area. Today’s objectives are to continue preparation work along the Custer Motorway (FS Road # 070), monitor the fire with lookouts throughout the fire area, and develop contingency plans if the fire crosses the Motorway. Active fire and smoke may be visible from the Custer Motorway. A large portion of the 2015 Elevenmile Fire is currently between the Motorway and the Ibex Fire, providing low risk for forest visitors in the area at this time. Currently, the Motorway is open. If traveling in the area, be prepared for dusty road conditions and traffic associated with the fire and other forest visitors. 

An infrared (IR) flight on September 6 estimated fire size at 16,930 acres. 51 personnel, two helicopters, and four engines are resources currently assigned. 

Emergency Area Closure Order Number 04-13-17-593 that went into effect August 24 is being updated to open several trails on the northeast side of the fire due to decreased fire behavior. Updated closure information will be provided as soon as it is made available. Once this area is open, it is advised to use caution and be aware of hazards associated with burned areas. 

Smoke from the Ibex Fire, Bearskin Fire (Boise National Forest), Highline Fire (Payette National Forest), Honeymoon Fire (Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest), and fires burning in Montana continues to impact the town of Challis and the surrounding area. 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‐forecasts.aspx , http://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net, and https://arcg.is/1zfeqH

Today, dry and hot conditions are expected. Isolated thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon into the early evening. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely going into the weekend. Lower temperatures and higher humidity’s are predicted that may moderate fire activity. 

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. 

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 #426



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

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