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Moose Fire is 80% contained


SALMON — Moose Fire firefighters are slowly closing in on full containment as growth hits an all-time high.

As of Wednesday morning, the 130,119-acre blaze is 80% contained, according to a news release from the Salmon-Challis National Forest. He has only farmed 7 acres since Saturday’s update. Total containment is estimated for October 31.

Firefighters announced last month that the Moose Fire, which started July 17, was the result of an unextinguished and unattended campfire. It comes after months of investigation and officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who may have been present in the camping area from the afternoon of July 16 to the morning of July 17. Send your information to [email protected]

Two helicopter pilots were killed in July while assisting with firefighting efforts. An Oregon wildland firefighter died Sept. 20 following a medical emergency. No other injuries were reported.

Favorable weather conditions have contributed to the lack of fire growth in recent weeks. Forecasts call for a transition to warmer and drier conditions, which firefighters will continue to monitor. But they do not anticipate any drastic fire behavior.

“Teams continue to work on repair projects with Forest Resource Advisors, restoring damaged areas to a more stable state. Significant progress has been made on a number of these projects, including completion of repair along Highway 300, completion of repair work in the Jureano Mountain/Trapper Ridge area, completion of fuel removal and repair in the power line corridor and repair work south of Salmon from Old Leesburg Road south towards Gorley Creek,” the press release read.

Temporary closures remain in effect on public lands north of Salmon, south of Wallace Creek and west of Fairgrounds/Diamond Creek Road. Click here for more information.

There are no areas under evacuation at this time.

The Great Basin 5 Incident Management Team will transfer responsibility for fire command operations to the Great Basin 7 Incident Management Team at 8 p.m. Wednesday.