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HONEYMOON UPDATE 9-8-17

The Honeymoon Fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. 

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at approximately 1,597 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. Yesterday, the fire was most active to the east and is on now burning on the west side of upper Blue Moon Creek. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. 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. 

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for multiple values at risk that are identified in the planning area. There are nine (9) resources assigned to the fire. 

The Emergency Trail Closure has been expanded, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Honeymoon Fire. Specifics on the Emergency Trail Closure can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40087/.

Weather for the fire is increased moisture in southerly flow expect scattered showers and isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms both Friday and Saturday mainly in the afternoon/early evening. Expect mostly dry thunderstorms with gusty outflow winds. With a system moving through, expect breezy to moderate winds today and even more so on Saturday. Drier weather will return Sunday through Wednesday.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. 

The Honeymoon Fire can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/. 

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