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IBEX MEETING TONIGHT 8-29-17

There will be a Community Meeting tonight at 7PM at the Challis Middle School Auditorium on Main Street and 7th Avenue in Challis.

Fire size is approximately 11,822 acres. The forecast is for isolated rain showers to move over the area this morning. The air mass will be more unstable this afternoon with isolated to widely scattered dry thunderstorms developing. Fire activity was somewhat moderated yesterday due to cloud and smoke cover. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks. The fire was most active in Trapper Creek. The fire remains on the ridge between Trapper Creek and East Mayfield Creek. The fire has moved east and is now burning outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Approximately 300 acres of the fire is outside of the wilderness.

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BOISE – (August 30, 2017) – Post-eclipse pump prices are still climbing across Idaho amid high local demand, but higher prices and tight Gulf Coast supplies due to Hurricane Harvey are unlikely to derail Labor Day plans to visit family and friends to cap off the summer, says AAA. 

"Hurricane Harvey has poured a record amount of rainfall – 51 inches – on the Houston area," says Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho. "Several refineries are offline, and the extent of the damage isn’t known at this time. While a ripple effect will lead to higher gas prices in some parts of the country and a higher national average price, current information suggests higher pump prices in the Gem State will be more a result of high travel demand than supply issues." 

 

AAA expects Harvey to generate a short-term, noticeable spike in national average gas prices that should start dropping again in mid-to-late September, barring extensive refinery damage.

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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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WEED WAR 8-29-17 LMS

There were no public comments offered at an official Public Hearing conducted Monday, August 28, on the Lemhi County Budget for 2017-18. The Lemhi County Commissioners followed the hearing with a motion to adopt the $9,021,334 budget by way of Resolution 2017-10. The motion was passed unanimously. 

Earlier that morning, how the war on noxious weeds is being managed by Lemhi County was the topic of a power-point presentation to Commissioner’s Chairman Ken Miner and Commissioners Rick Snyder and Brett Barsalou by Monte and Diane Bruhn. 

Monte Bruhn of the M&W Bruhn Enterprises LLC/Salmon River Spray and Ag Company said he has a degree in agriculture and has been in the ag spraying/chemical/fertilizer business for 34 years.

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IBEX FIRE REPORT August 28, 2017

Challis, Idaho: The lightning caused Ibex Fire is a natural fire 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 and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. 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 Ibex 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.

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Stanley, Idaho: August 28, 2016

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires 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 184 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. 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.

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The route of the Sand Ship Discovery - 1966 CJ-5 Jeep
The Discovery crossing the Rio Tuira at Balsal, Darien Gap, Panama
A Guinness Book of Record Jeep Please join the Upton's on Thursday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Salmon Library for an inspirational slide presentaton of their five year, 56,000 mile world circumnavigating expedition in a 1966 CJ-5 Jeep, christened the Sand Ship Discovery. The presentation chronicles Loren and Patty Upton’s expedition to take one American made vehicle around the world on a north / south course, all on land except for the South Atlantic Ocean, road end to roads end. There was tragedy, corrupt officials, accidents, life-threatening breakdowns, and a Guinness Book of Record entry for the first all land crossing of the Darien Gap of Panama and Colombia by vehicle. Bring the whole family and enjoy a night of high adventure and the true story of how failure is not an option. Donations gladly accepted and light refreshments will be served.

BOISE, Idaho – Cecil D. Andrus managed huge swaths of public land as a cabinet member in President Jimmy Carter’s administration and was the longest-serving governor in Idaho history, but the former lumberjack was known as an approachable everyman who listed his number in the local phone directory.

The 85-year-old Andrus died late Thursday, the Andrus Center for Public Policy said.

His daughter, Tracy Andrus, said he died of complications from lung cancer.

Andrus resigned midway through his second term as Idaho governor in 1977 to become President Jimmy Carter’s secretary of the Interior Department and served until Carter’s term ended in 1981. He then was elected governor two more times, becoming the first four-term governor in Idaho history. He was also the last Democrat to hold the office in red-state Idaho.

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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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