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Managers of the Mustang Complex Fire are keeping the Salmon River Road open to Colson Creek residents, jet boaters leaving Corn Creek and Middle Fork river rafters taking out at Stoddard, Cache Bar and Corn Creek even as firefighters Thursday engaged the fire’s south flank in drainages between Owl Creek and Cove Creek Bridge.

Structure protection measures are in place around homes in the Spring Creek area, as well as the Shoup Store. Travelers can reach the Shoup Store; however, the Spring Creek Road is closed north from the junction with the Salmon River Road.

The Mustang Complex Fire grew Thursday to 79,807 acres, moving east toward Spring Creek Road and northeast toward Montana. The Lost Packer Fire, which is burning to the west of Mustang in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, moved south toward Corn Creek.

Structure protection work around Salmon River homes and businesses has prevented the loss of any buildings, and no residents or firefighters have been injured. Firefighters hope similar protective efforts will protect homes at Gattin Ranch if the fire continues north from Cayuse Point.

For general information about the fire and road conditions, please contact the Mustang Fire Information Center at 877-356-8984.

For more information about wildland fires on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, visit http://inciweb.org/unit/46/.

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