Saturday, July 20, 2013

Papoose Fire Grows In To 2 New Fires Near Challis Idaho - Bradley Fire and Lodgepole Fire - July 20 2013

Forest Fire smoke fills the Big Lost River Valley July 20 2013 late evening.
The Papoose Fire was active today (20 July 2013) in gusty winds, burning about 800 acres since yesterday. The fire is burning grass, brush and small stands of timber in rugged, inaccessible terrain above the Middle Fork Salmon River. Trail closures are pending in the Papoose Fire area. Closure announcements will follow Sunday. Firefighters are patrolling the river corridor by boat to assess campsites between Big Creek and Goat Creek, removing ground fuels as needed. Boaters are checking in at the Flying B Ranch to coordinate with forest personnel to receive camp and fire information. Boaters are asked to be flexible regarding space-sharing, and possible campsite reassignments. The safety of the public and firefighters is the priority of Papoose Fire Managers. Two new fires started on the Salmon-Challis N.F. today - their causes are still undetermined. The Bradley Fire started 13 miles northwest of Stanley, burning 250 acres in grass, brush and timber. The Bradley Boy Scout Camp was evacuated this afternoon. No injuries were reported. A Type-3 incident commander and smokejumpers were ordered for the fire. A Type-2 incident management team is en route to the 400-acre Lodgepole Fire, burning grass, brush and timber in rugged terrain ten miles west of Challis. Two forest engines, two forest hand crews and aircraft responded. Fire managers are working to keep the fire off private land. Four rappellers continue progress on the one-acre Marble Fire, started by lightning on Wednesday, seven miles north of the Middle Fork Salmon River.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 08th, 2013 approx. 08:00 PM
LocationSalmon-Challis N.F.
Incident CommanderTim Metzger

Current Situation

Total Personnel40
Size6,470 acres
Fuels Involved
grass, brush, timber
Fire Behavior
creeping, short runs


Planned Actions
point protection
Growth Potential
Terrain Difficulty

Current Weather

Wind Conditions4-8 mph W
Temperature94, min 55 degrees

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