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Indian Fire On Salmon-Challis Forest Grows

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The Indian forest fire on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, as of July 26. (Salmon-Challis Natl Forest Map)

The Indian Fire is the first major forest fire in the area for the season. The forest fire is in the Salmon-Challis National Forest south of the Bitterroot Valley. It started with a lightning strike July 18 and the initial attack included the 20-person Bitterroot Hotshots and a 10-person team from Sula.
The fire is about 10 miles west of North Fork, ID, and is 50% contained, as of July 27. The location is in the Indian Creek drainage, north of the Indianola Guard Station on the Salmon River, along Ulysses Mountain.
As of July 27th, the fire is estimated to be 1,441 acres and there are 532 people on the fireline. A Type II Management Team is in place. Spot fires have been put out and a burnout operation was conducted on the north side of the fire. Sage Creek Road and Indian Creek Road are closed, due to the fire and fire traffic.

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