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The lightning caused Ibex Fire is 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. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols. Fire size is approximately 8,800 acres.

The forecast is for continued warmer and drier conditions today under strong high pressure. A gradual increase in thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday is forecasted as moist, unstable air moves into the area. Fire activity increased yesterday. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks.

The fire was most active in Trapper Creek with some growth on the northwest portion of the fire into the heads of Wickiup and Cat Creeks. The fire has moved east and is now burning outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire managers anticipate smoke will continue to filter into Challis. There will be a Community Meeting in Challis at 7PM on Tuesday, August 29th. Location will be announced tomorrow, Monday, August 28th.

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Item of note…Today in history………It was on this date in 2011 the Salt Fire began in the Salmon Challis National Forest.


Location: The Highline Fire and the Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (, approximately four miles north of Chamberlain Basin.

The Goat Fire is approximately 1.5 miles from the Salmon-Challis National Forest Borndary.

Date of Origin: July 28, 21017 @ 7:00 p.m.

Cause: Started by lightning

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Cecil Andrus, a Democrat and the longest-serving governor of Idaho, who saved Castle Peak from miners and engineered public-land protections for 25 percent of Alaska, died Thursday. Andrus went from logging in Orofino to the governor’s mansion in 1970 before Jimmy Carter made him Idaho’s first presidential Cabinet member, recruiting him as Interior secretary from 1977 to 1981. He returned to Idaho and won back the governor’s desk in 1986, championing increased support for education. He served four total terms as governor, the only in Idaho to do so. He served on corporate boards and established the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. He returned to the preservation fray in recent years to help Rep. Mike Simpson protect his beloved Boulder-White Clouds as wilderness in 2015. He has fought with the federal government to get nuclear waste out of Idaho his entire career.

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Advisory and Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Lemhi and Custer counties of degraded air quality. Due to wildfire smoke, BURNING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT. Air quality is currently in the GOOD category and is forecast to vary from Good to Unhealthy.

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New evacuations were ordered Wednesday night when high winds caused "dangerous fire behavior'' at the Lolo Peak blaze.

Michael Cole, the public information officer for the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team in charge of the fire, said erratic winds picked up late in the afternoon on Wednesday.

"That caused the fire activity to increase in the One Horse Creek drainage, and that triggered the new evacuations," he said. "That drainage funnels down into the valley south of Florence. Sheriff's deputies are out knocking on doors now."

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The long awaited sidewalk replacement project for walks between Andrews and Center streets will begin September 7. The announcement came along with a request for an over $9,000 change order.

City Finance Director Amy Fealko told the Salmon City Council at its August 16 meeting that the city’s engineering firm Keller Associates had confirmed there is a state requirement that fly ash be included in the concrete mixture to be used by the project contractor Richard Jordon. It was Jordon who noticed that fly ash had not been listed in the original contract.

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If you havent driven by the rink lately you need to. The new Snack Shack is going up quick. We have had such a tremendous and generous response from the community and local contractors, that the Board and Snack Shack Subcommittee agreed we could build a second story for viewing and warming. 
This addition has added a small cost to the overall construction. While we have fully funded the main floor, we only have enough to finish the 2nd story shell.
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Salmon River Road Construction Projects 8-23-17

Beginning August 22, the Salmon Challis National Forest will be administering three separate contracts, all impacting different sites on the Salmon River Road. These contracts will occur simultaneously. 

The three projects are the Corn Creek Boat Ramp Extension, Stoddard Pack Bridge Debris Removal, and Panther Creek Bridge Resurfacing.

The existing Forest Service special order and Lemhi County ordinance regarding the parking of vehicles on the roadway will be strictly enforced. Unattended vehicles on the Salmon River Road will be towed.

Members of the public are encouraged to use extra caution when driving around heavy equipment.

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A Public Hearing was conducted during the August 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council for the purpose of following the letter of the law.

Acting City Planning and Zoning Administrator Teresa Morton explained that due to a typographical error in the newly adopted Salmon Development Code the Public Hearing process was necessary.

The section of code needing the correction has to do with Flood Hazard Zones. Morton explained that particular section of the code has to be adopted separately as a stand-alone document even though it is included verbatim in the Development Code. She said the stand-alone document has been adopted and in the adoption process a typographical error was found and corrected before adoption however; the same typo was also in the Development Code which was adopted before the error was found.

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Over a hundred years after the rush, the search is still on for gold, silver and copper in the Lemhi Valley according to representatives of the Calida Gold Mine who met with the Lemhi County Commissioners on Monday, August 14.

Lisa Anderson is the Vice President of Government Relations and Noelle Laury is the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (ICMC). Anderson explained that Poly Resources is the entity working on the Calida Gold Project and she confirmed that nine or ten holes have been drilled in the most recent attempt to verify the size of the Calida ore body. Poly Resources is the actual owner of the mining claims. ICMC was hired by Poly Resources to oversee the project based on the corporation’s environmental policy expertise and history of being able to facilitate other successful mining projects.

The most recent exploration is taking place 24 miles south of Salmon and five miles west of Highway 28 in the Mormon Canyon area.

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