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An active weekend on the Shady firelines

The “Shady” fire grew to 3,664 acres over the weekend. The fire was very active late Saturday, but burned mostly inside the fire perimeter with no increase in acreage on Sunday.

Because of heavy fuel loads, active fire behavior, and numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. 23 firefighters are assigned to the fire.

The southwest edge of the fire has burned into the 2012 Halstead fire scar.

The lightning-caused fire, two miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, is being managed with a joint protection strategy. The policy protects specific assets or highly valued resources without directly halting the continued spread of the fire. That minimizes exposure of fire personnel and protects identified values. Thos values, in this case, include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

There are no fire restrictions at this time, but some trail and road closures have been ordered.

According to Forest officials:

“The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Shady Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-613. The road and trail closure is described as road #40012 (Sheep Mountain Road) beginning at the junction with FS Road #40008 at Seafoam Guard Station ending at Road #40172, forest trail #4005 (Sheep Creek Trail) entire trail, forest trail #4012 (Duffield Trail) entire trail, and forest trail #4023 (Bernard Creek Trail) entire trail.

The above-described road and trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Custer County, Idaho. This closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Shady Fire.”

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