Fire activity has increased due to the warming and drying trend but activity remains moderate. The fire is creeping and smoldering with uphill runs observed. Fire activity is in the no name drainage to the west of Shady Creek and in Bernard Creek.
The lightning caused Shady Fire was reported the evening of July 10. The fire is located approximately two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.
In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and to please slow down.
The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.
CLOSURES: 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.