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Idaho National Guard Comes to Mustang Fire – Sept 2 Update

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Idaho National Guard vehicles arrived at the Mustang Complex Saturday. (Photo courtesy of The Village at North Fork)
With the possibility of more evacuations connected to the Mustang Complex of fires on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the National Guard has been deployed to initially work along the Salmon River Road, on the southern edge of the 210,000 acre wildfire.

Saturday, more burning was observed inside the current perimeter, but weather conditions could send the fire to the east and north. East is US 93, Gibbonsville and other homes. About 85 percent of the work involving water storage bladders, hose and sprinkler systems have been completed along Highway 93. There are 35 mph speed restrcitions on parts of the highway, but it remains open, as do most of the businesses along the road.

In Montana, the Mustang fire and the Lost Packer Fire have been edging north. The Mustang fire has burned at least 3,000 acres in the Bitterroot National Forest. Evacuation alerts have been issued for the upper Hughes Creek area. Officials are also planning contingency work at Lost Trail Powder Mountain this next week.

The Powell SBW Fire Complex in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness west of the Bitterroot Valley has burned about 28,000 acres so far, mainly in the Fern, Cedar and Freeze Out Queen fires. A new fire was added to the complex – the half-acre Mocus Fire near US Highway 12.

Air quality Sunday in the valley was “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.”

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