Salmon-Challis National Forest

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With wildfires burning throughout southern Idaho and smoke from fires in neighboring states polluting the air, fire restrictions are beginning across much of the state this week.


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The federal official who oversees the Salmon-Challis National Forest says Idaho Fish and Game’s unapproved collaring of four wolves in a wilderness area last week is a “big deal.”

Boise State Public Radio

A man was severely burned and his two dogs were killed last week in a hot spring in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Normally, Panther Creek hot spring is very hot, but comfortable enough for outdoor soaking enthusiasts. But now, forest managers say the water has gotten much hotter (possibly at or near boiling) and they are urging users to be cautious.

Ken Loda / Great Basin Incident Management Team 7

Update 10:10 a.m. : The fire has grown to 6,559 acres Friday. Fire managers say they made some progress with fire lines Thursday. The blaze is 5 percent contained. Four more hotshot crews were added to the roster of firefighters.

Boise National Forest

Eight new fires started after a storm rumbled through the Boise National Forest Tuesday night. More than 4,000 lighting strikes were reported. The largest lightning-caused fire had reportedly burned 150 acres by this morning. Crews were ready for new starts after a red flag warning went into effect.

Nearby, the Pine Creek Fire has claimed about 1,500 acres since it started on Monday afternoon. The blaze is about 10 percent contained, with 240 firefighters at work.

Tam Ambrose

The Mustang Fire Complex has burned about 290,000 acres in the Salmon-Challis National Forrest near the Montana border. It’s now 1.5 miles from the town of North Fork. Monday night Tam Ambrose could see it from her window.

Russ Long / Salmon-Challis National Forest

More people are being asked to prepare for evacuation along the Idaho/Montana border due to the Mustang Complex fire.

The towns of North Fork and Gibbonsville are on alert for changing fire conditions that could require evacuation.  The fire is within four miles of North Fork. 

Meanwhile, Indian Creek and Sage Creek residents remain under evacuation notice. So far the Mustang Complex fire has burned 250-thousand acres and is 16 percent contained.

Halstead Fire Near Stanley Expected To Burn Through October

Aug 3, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Update: Saturday, August 4 The Halstead Fire is at more than 21,900 acres burning about 18 miles Northwest of Stanley. More than 330 people are now working on this lightning caused fire. It continues to burn through conifer forests and is moving through beetle killed trees.