The Papoose fire gained approximately 900 acres from yesterday, Jul 15 2013. The fire continues to burn grass, brush and pockets of timber in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning primarily in the Middle Fork river corridor, burning across the slope and backing downhill toward the river. Visitors in the area are asked to use caution while traveling in the area. Hazards include rolling rocks, falling trees and dense smoke. Severe thunderstorms are predicted for the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the fire area Tuesday through Wednesday of this week. Visitors are advised to prepare for possible flooding and damage to unimproved roads. Heavy rain and winds can also topple trees and loosen debris that may block roadways. Firefighters from Montanas Lewis and Clark Fire Module are boating down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, reducing ground fuels to minimize fires impact should the fire reach campsites and heritage sites. Boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River are required to check in with forest personnel at the Flying B Ranch to determine if there are changes in campsite reservations, based on fire activity or fire operations.
|Date of Origin||Monday July 08th, 2013 approx. 08:00 PM|
|Incident Commander||Tim Metzger|
grass, brush, timber
|Wind Conditions||5 mph SW|