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Salmon river rd is closed. Burning on both sides 300 acres.

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Moose (July 17): The fire is located approximately five (5) miles southwest of the North Fork in the vicinity of Moose Creek and Deadwater on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire is estimated at 300 acres burning in grass, brush, and timber. Fire is burning on both sides of the Salmon River Road (#030). Due to current activity, the Salmon River Road is closed from North Fork to Indianola. Please avoid the area and give responders room to work. Three (3) crews, four (4) helicopters are on scene with additional resources on order. Cause is unknown. The Forest will share more information on the Moose Fire as it becomes available.

📸Moose Fire from east of Salmon- Highway 28; July 17, 2022
 

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Update from from forest service. If opting to get to corn creek over Williams creek summit know it will probably take around 3.5 to 4 hours. Do not take napias creek off the back side to panther. Take deep creek. Road is in pretty good shape until you get lower on panther creek. It gets a little narrow. Make sure your shuttle company is on boars.


Due to current and expected fire activity on the Moose Fire, Fire Managers on the Salmon-Challis National Forest are asking the public to avoid these areas:

*Granite Mountain Road (#092)
*Hughes Creek Road (#091)
*Hull Creek Road (#005)
*Indian Creek Road (#036)
*Sage Creek Road (#005)
*Salmon River Road (#030) from North Fork to the junction with Panther Creek Road (#055)
*The area to the East of Colson Creek Road (#123). The Colson Creek Road is ok to travel as authorized.
*The area to the East of the Panther Creek Road. The Panther Creek Road is ok to travel
*The area to the North of the Napias Creek Road (#076). The Napias Creek Road is ok to travel
*The Stormy Peak Road (#023) from the Forest Boundary to 5 Corners

Alternate route to downriver from the Panther Creek/Salmon River Road junction:
*From the South – Morgan Creek Road to Panther Creek Road to Salmon River Road and then west down river.
*From the North – Williams Creek Road to Panther Creek Road to Salmon River Road and then west down river.
Expect heavy mine traffic on these routes.

Risk to responders and public safety are the top priorities for the Moose Fire. Fire managers appreciate your cooperation.

📸Moose Fire from the south 7/17/22
 

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Thanks for posting this info. Will be curious to hear how things go in the next few days... seems like something that can change fast.

Anybody know, if you're coming from the South (Challis or Stanley) and want to get in Panther Creek to the river road, is is it actually better to get on Morgan Creek near Challis and take that all the way to Panther like the FS is saying, or to go N almost to Salmon and get on the Williams/Deep Creek roads to Panther?

I can see that the FS is saying traffic from the south should take Morgan, but that seems like a lot of dirt road miles that you could cut off if you went Williams/Deep... but I've never been on it so what do I know?
 

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Does the currently cause problems getting to the corn creek put in?
With the fire burning, you can't drive down the road #30 from North Fork to the Corn Creek put in. You'd have to take an alternate route that's about 4 times longer, down Panther Creek to the confluence of the main. Who knows if shuttle companies are willing to do that stretch to pick up rigs to take them to Carey Creek. We are supposed to launch Saturday from Corn Creek, but it's looking iffy at this point. Major bummer. Thanks to all the FS crew battling this fire. We appreciate you.
 

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With the fire burning, you can't drive down the road #30 from North Fork to the Corn Creek put in. You'd have to take an alternate route that's about 4 times longer, down Panther Creek to the confluence of the main. Who knows if shuttle companies are willing to do that stretch to pick up rigs to take them to Carey Creek. We are supposed to launch Saturday from Corn Creek, but it's looking iffy at this point. Major bummer. Thanks to all the FS crew battling this fire. We appreciate you.
fingers crossed to see you at the put in on Saturday…
 

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Thanks for posting this info. Will be curious to hear how things go in the next few days... seems like something that can change fast.

Anybody know, if you're coming from the South (Challis or Stanley) and want to get in Panther Creek to the river road, is is it actually better to get on Morgan Creek near Challis and take that all the way to Panther like the FS is saying, or to go N almost to Salmon and get on the Williams/Deep Creek roads to Panther?

I can see that the FS is saying traffic from the south should take Morgan, but that seems like a lot of dirt road miles that you could cut off if you went Williams/Deep... but I've never been on it so what do I know?
Look what happened in Boundary last year!!! It has been extremely windy since this morning and that fire is in some pretty steep stuff.
 

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Thanks for posting this info. Will be curious to hear how things go in the next few days... seems like something that can change fast.

Anybody know, if you're coming from the South (Challis or Stanley) and want to get in Panther Creek to the river road, is is it actually better to get on Morgan Creek near Challis and take that all the way to Panther like the FS is saying, or to go N almost to Salmon and get on the Williams/Deep Creek roads to Panther?

I can see that the FS is saying traffic from the south should take Morgan, but that seems like a lot of dirt road miles that you could cut off if you went Williams/Deep... but I've never been on it so what do I know?
It’s been a while since I’ve been on both but I’d be inclined to say that Morgan Creek would be faster by quite a bit. Probably quite a bit more dirt, but it’s a really good road from what I recall.
 

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From the USFS Middle Fork page.

  • There is wildfire activity on both sides of the Salmon River Road (NFSR #030) between Highway 93 at North Fork and Indianola Guard Station that is affecting access from the Middle Fork of the Salmon River take-out (Cache Bar Boat Ramp) to Hwy 93. At this time, a pilot car is escorting vehicles through this area on the Salmon River Road in the morning hours and when fire behavior allows. It is unlikely that the pilot car option will be available in the afternoons. For current updates, call 208-756-5587. When the pilot car is not available, use the following directions.
    Access from Cache Bar Boat Ramp to Hwy 93, five miles south of Salmon:
    From Cache Bar, head east on Salmon River Road (NFSR #030) for approximately 14 miles.
    Turn right on Panther Creek Road (NFSR #055).
    Continue on Panther Creek Road for approximately 20 miles.
    Turn left onto Deep Creek Road (NFSR #101).
    Continue on Deep Creek Road for approximately 11 miles (up switchbacks).
    At intersection with NFSR #021, turn right towards Williams Creek Summit.
    Continue approximately 3 miles to Williams Creek Summit.
    Drive over the summit and stay on NFSR #021 (Williams Creek Road) for approximately 13 miles downhill to Hwy 93.
From the Main Salmon page.

  • There is wildfire activity on both sides of the Salmon River Road (NFSR #030) between Highway 93 at North Fork and Indianola Guard Station that is affecting river access to the Main Salmon River launch site (Corn Creek Boat Ramp) . At this time, a pilot car is escorting vehicles through this area on the Salmon River Road in the morning hours and when fire behavior allows. It is unlikely that the pilot car option will be available in the afternoons. For current updates, call 208-756-5587. When the pilot car is not available, use the following directions for access to Corn Creek Boat Ramp.
    Access to Corn Creek Boat Ramp from Salmon:
    From the intersection of Hwy 93 and Main Street in Salmon, drive south on Hwy 93 for approximately 5 miles to the intersection with Williams Creek Road.
    Turn right (head West) on Williams Creek Road (NFSR #021) for approximately 13 miles to Williams Creek Summit.
    Stay on NFSR #021, drive over Williams Creek Summit, and continue for approximately 3 miles.
    Turn left onto Deep Creek Road (NFSR #101).
    Continue on Deep Creek Road for approximately 11 miles (down switchbacks) to Panther Creek Road (NFSR #055).
    At intersection, turn right on Panther Creek Road (NFSR #055).
    Continue on Panther Creek Road for approximately 20 miles to Salmon River Road (NFSR #030).
    Turn left onto Salmon River Road and continue to Corn Creek Boat Ramp.
 
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