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Mustang Fire Information: Contact Mardi Rhodes (PAO) 208-993-0637

Detected: July 31, 2012                                                          Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 291 acres                                                         Containment: 0 %

Location: Approx. 6 airmiles north of Long Tom Lookout, North Fork Ranger District

Legal Description (Mustang): T24N R16E Sec. 26 (Lat: 45º 23’ 36” N Long: 114º 33’ 13” W)

Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest

Resources on the fire:85 personnel, including 3 hand crews


Forecast: Today temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 90’s, with clear skies and areas of smoke. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight and during the day on Monday. Monday the temperatures are predicted to be in the 80’s to 90’s with a slight chance of rain showers.


Remarks: On Saturday the Mustang fire gained 34 acres and is now 291 acres. The Cayuse fire, approximately 2 airmiles northeast of the Mustang fire, grew from 93 acres to 110 acres. The Roan fire approximately 1 airmile north of the Mustang fire grew from 5.7 to 8 acres. A helicopter performed helicopter water drops on the Roan, Broomtail and  Cayuse fires in order to check their spread.


Fire behavior: Saturday the Mustang fire was moving on all sides, and was backing off the ridgetops, with minimal fire growth.


Planned Actions:Today, point protection actions are continuing.Crews will maintain the water system with pumps and hoses at Long Tom Lookout and at the Gattin Ranch.


Special Concerns:  Steep, rugged terrain and snags are a major safety concern. Due to the terrain limitations fire fighters are not able to perform direct suppression actions.   


Closures: The Mustang ND Horse Butte Fires Emergency Road and Trail Closure (Order Number: 04-13-12-519) went into effect July 31, 2012 for the following roads and trails which are closed:


  • Forest Road # 123 (Colson Creek Road) Forest Road #123 (Colson Creek Road) from the junction with #030 (Salmon River Road) to the junction with Forest Road #038.  This closure includes Forest Road # 166 (Long Tom Road), #064 (Corn Lake Road), and #067 (Cayuse Point Road).
  • Sections of the following trails are currently closed - #163, #159, #164, #203, #165, #166, #167, #031. 


Prevention Message: Fire danger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is HIGH. Although the Forest currently does not have any fire restrictions in affect, we are asking visitors to use precaution at all times. Please make sure your campfires are completely dead out prior to leaving your campsite at any time.


For more specific trail closure information and more information on fires burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, please visit



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