Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Papoose Fire Update July 17 2013

The Papoose fire gained approximately 800 acres since yesterday (16 Jul 2013), burning grass, brush and pockets of timber in steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain. Firefighters are coordinating with affected river outfitters to minimize the impact of the fire on campsites and boaters. Fire personnel are also clearing ground litter around trees where necessary. No injuries have been reported on the fire. Currently there are 39 people assigned to the incident. “We’ve increased the number of fire personnel on the Middle Fork River to ensure the safety of the public and firefighters, and provide up-to-date information to river visitors and fire managers,” said Incident Commander Tim Metzger. Thunderstorms swept across the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the fire area Tuesday, and are expected to remain in the area through Wednesday night. Visitors to the forest should be prepared for possible flooding and damage to roadways. Heavy rains and winds can also topple trees and loosen rocks from hillsides. Please use caution while traveling in the area.

Basic Information

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

Current Situation

Total Personnel39
Size4,500 acres
Fuels Involved
grass, brush, timber
Fire Behavior


Planned Actions
point protection
Growth Potential
Terrain Difficulty

Current Weather

Wind Conditions5 mph SE
Temperature89-93 degrees

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