Mustang Complex Fire Update
Incident: Mustang Complex Wildfire
Mustang Complex Update
September 20, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 208-865-2170 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Location: N of Main Salmon River and W of the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho
Size: 332,301 acres
Percent Contained: 20
Number of Resources: 703 personnel including: 9 hand crews, 47 engines, 11 water tenders, 3 dozers, and 6 helicopters
Injuries to Date: 7
Idaho: Minimal fire activity occurred yesterday, mostly in the Montana portion of the fire and in the wilderness. There was some heat detected in Sage Creek but helicopters were able to drop water to lessen the fire intensity. Burnout operations in Hughes and Hull Creek were very successful and crews worked hard to attack any remaining hot spots.
Removal of all equipment and supplies from the fire area has begun, including backhauling of trash, port-a-potties, hose and water handling equipment. Repair of suppression actions is continuing including restoration of dozer line. A rehabilitation plan has been written and the Salmon-Challis National Forest is considering opportunities for salvage sales.
Highway 93 remains open including all businesses along that corridor. Travelers along Highway 93 should drive with headlights on and reduce their speed due to increased fire traffic from backhauling operations and smoky conditions.
The public is welcome to enjoy recreational opportunities on the Salmon River and in picnic areas and campgrounds south of the Salmon River Road.
Evacuations: A level 2 evacuation order remains for residents in Sage Creek and for residents along the Highway 93 corridor from North Fork ( mile post 326.5) to Quartz Creek (mile post 339.6), just north of Gibbonsville, ID, including the Ditch Creek, Hughes Creek, and Hull Creek areas. Level 2 indicates a situation where dangerous conditions exist and may threaten residents or homes. Residents must be fully prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
Montana: Fire behavior was minimal in the Mine Creek area today. Crews worked on mopping up and removing hazard trees 100 feet into the black in the Johnson Creek area yesterday. Today small fire burnouts will be conducted if the weather allows for it.