Cove Creek
29 mi
WNW of Salmon, ID
Last Updated: 1 hour, 48 mins ago
Incident #: ID-SCF-019218
Fire Start: Sunday, August 4, 2019 2:58 PM MDT
Dispatch Notes: Type 3 organization in place.

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 12 hours, 58 mins ago

Yesterday, fire managers observed decreased fire activity with the lower temperatures, higher relative humidity, and cloud cover. The fire is established on the ridges above the East Fork Owl Creek. Firefighter and public safety is a priority for this fire. The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain therefore; opportunities to engage the fire directly are limited. Today, firefighters will continue to monitor the fire’s forward progression within the Owl Creek Drainage and along Colson Creek. Aerial resources will be used as needed to limit perimeter growth. A spike camp is in place to decrease driving hazards and increase the amount of time firefighters spend working on fire objectives.

CLOSURES: The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Cove Creek Fire Emergency Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-614. The trail closure is described as Forest Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction with FS Road 030 (Salmon River Road) at Owl Creek to the Junction with FS Road #123 (Colson Creek Road), and Forest Trail #153 (East Fork Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction of Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail) to the Junction with FS Road #043 at Horsefly Spring.

The above-described trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the North Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County, Idaho. The closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Cove Creek Fire.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday August 03rd, 2019 approx. 02:00 PM
23 air miles NW of Salmon, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks.
Incident Commander:
Incident Description:
Wildfire In The Salmon River Corridor.
45.328, -114.453

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday August 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Ponderosa pine and grass
Significant Events:
Minimal fire activity with creeping, smoldering, and backing down slopes. Fire activity decreased due to lower temperatures, higher relative humidity, and cloud cover.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue to monitor fire growth within Owl Creek and along the Colson Creek drainage. Use aerial resources as needed to limit perimeter growth. Aerial support remains critical to
prevent further growth.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire activity may increase due to predicted winds with gusts around 30 and an increase in the Haines Index.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Quiet weather is forecast today. Drier conditions arrive for Saturday, with lower elevations around 15 percent. Gusty winds return as well, but the stronger winds look to be at higher elevations. Even stronger winds are possible for Sunday, which may be the next chance for more widespread critical fire conditions. Breezy winds and dry humidities continue into midweek.


Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 208-756-7853
Fire Unit Information
Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467