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Hayden Fire grows to 18,085

LEADORE, Idaho (KIFI) - The Hayden Fire started on July 19 and is located in the Lemhi Range, 18 miles west of Leadore, Idaho.

The fire has grown to 18,085 acres and is burning in steep and difficult terrain with spruce/subalpine fir containing a heavy dead/down timber component.

The fire is 5% contained, and the cause is undetermined. 

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the community center in Leadore.

The red flag warning continues Monday. Poor humidity recoveries overnight continue to result in critical fire weather. Winds will be lower than yesterday, and the sky cover will be mostly to partly cloudy.

On Sunday, crews made good progress on connecting and strengthening primary control lines in the northern, eastern, and southern portion of the fire. All fire remains within primary containment lines. Today, igniting fuels will widen primary containment lines. Fire will also be used to burn pockets of unburned fuel to reduce the chance of group tree torching and spotting over control lines.
Helicopters dipping retardant from the mobile retardant base are supporting firefighters on the ground as they prepare and enhance the primary control lines. Helicopters allow for precise retardant placement to minimize impacts to the watershed and its users. In three areas of the fire, Bear Valley Road, west of Alder Creek and Jack Smith Gulch, firefighters have made excellent progress resulting in 5% containment on the fire.

The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Department in coordination with the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Great Basin Team 7 have pre-identified evacuation zones. They will be implemented using the “Ready, Set, Go” terminology, for more information please visit the Lemhi County website.  

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF), Idaho Department of Lands, and Bureau of Land Management jurisdiction.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has a revised closure order in place to help protect firefighter and public safety. Maps and additional information are available on the Alerts and Notices section of the SCNF website. Risk to responders and public safety remains the highest priority for the incident management team.nt team.

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