Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
Last Updated
1 min, 42 secs ago
Fire Start
Monday, August 1, 2022 11:30 AM MDT
Incident #
Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 14 hours, 20 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Norton Fire

The lightning caused Norton Fire started on August 1, 2022, approximately seven miles northwest of Lower Loon Creek on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Initial attack included 25 firefighters and two Type 1 helicopters in an attempt to catch the fire small under direct attack. Ultimately due to firefighter safety, fire behavior, and access to the fire, the direct attack strategy was changed to point protection. Fire managers utilized air resources determine management action points and assess values in the vicinity. Fire managers continue to assess the fire using remote cameras and aircraft.

Norton Lookout and outbuildings have been covered with structure wrap, which reflects radiant heat and diverts embers from settling directly on the building.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Monday, August 1, 2022 5:30 PM MDT
Approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Incident Commander
South Zone Duty Officer
Incident Description
44.857, -114.927

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Monday, October 31, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved
subalpine fir, douglas fir, sagebrush, and grass
Significant Events
Fire activity is minimal, the fire is smoldering.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Fire managers continue to assess the fire using remote cameras, aircraft, and infrared flights. If fire progresses towards a trigger point, implementation of strategic actions will be initiated.
Projected Incident Activity
Smoldering with very little fire growth
The Norton Fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

21% reflects percentage of objectives complete; not containment.

Continue to coordinate with Middle Fork Corridor stakeholders.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
High pressure ridging breaks down today as a low pressure system approaches. Near-critical valley relative humidity values and near-critical wind gusts at upper slopes along with continued unseasonably warm conditions will persist today, before a switch to much cooler, more moist, showery conditions Thursday lingering into the weekend. Stronger winds gusting 25-35 MPH will also
accompany the system Thursday afternoon.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Norton Fire Information
Email: SM.FS.SCFFIREINFO@usda.gov
Phone: 208-481-0055
Fire Unit Information
Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467