Idaho Smoke Map

Idaho Smoke Map Legend

**(Preliminary Data Warning: Data found on the map shown below is preliminary and is subject to change. Data is in local standard time format - no adjustment for daylight savings time.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Wildfire season winding down - One new fire burning

It's been awhile since we've had any major new wildfire activity so I'm sure you've noticed the lack of smoke postings here. As the wildfire season is winding down, I want you to know that we will continue to post information if there is a major new fire that pops up but that otherwise, I won't be maintaining this page until the 2019 wildfire season.

With that in mind, there is one new fire burning up in the Frank Church Wilderness area. It was reported September 25th and has burned over 7,000 acres so far on steep, inaccessible terrain. The smoke impacts aren't widespread like when the wildfire season is in full swing.

The Salmon Challis National Forest office had this to say late last night:

"The fire is burning in timber, brush, and tall grass, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in steep, inaccessible terrain.  The fire is burning in the Prospect Creek and Morehead Creek drainages and has crossed to the east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River burning towards Big Soldier Mountain.  Fire activity moderated today.....

Fire resources are working to inform forest visitors in the area of the fire.  Officials on the Salmon-Challis National Forest have implemented an Emergency Road and Recreation Site Closure #04-13-18-610 for the Prospect Fire.  The following are closed:
Forest Road 568 (the Boundary Creek Road) is closed at the Camp Tender Trailhead, which is approximately 3 miles north of the Junction of Forest Roads 579 and 568 at Bruce Meadows.  Dagger Falls Campground, Boundary Creek Campground, and Boundary Creek Boat Launch are closed.
These closures are necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Prospect Fire.

Weather:  Scattered showers this evening will dissipate by 10pm. Drier weather is expected Monday, but critical fire weather conditions are not expected.  Additional showers arrive Tuesday with a system that will bring cooler and wetter weather for the remainder of the week."