What a nasty fire year this has been, and it isn't over yet.
The fire managers for the Big Three (Trinity Ridge, Halstead and Mustang) are all basically saying the fires won't go out until it snows. The only fire I'm following closely is the Halstead and it has an official containment date (no kidding) of October 16 at noon, no less. I wonder how they figured lunchtime that day?
Meanwhile, as of yesterday, they've spent $5.8-million on the Halstead and it just keeps adding up daily acreage and doing and going pretty much where it wants to regardless of how much money gets spent. If snow is late in coming, who knows how much this one fire is going to cost?
There might be some rain maybe Tuesday but it may or may not come and it may or may not be much more than a spit from the sky. But one thing's reasonably sure, it's going to bring lightning along with it--so we could easily be looking at yet more fires that will burn until it snows.
One article I read said the Forest Service is going to toast $1.4-billion fighting fires this year.
I'm not sure if I posted here about the "back story" on the "rescue" of the stranded rafters. If you read between the lines in this story, you will definitely get the drift of what really went on. I wish I could have heard the words exchanged between the Sheriff and the USFS. Meanwhile, the USFS has wisely decided to keep the Salmon River Road open to jet boaters and rafters. http://goo.gl/l7WUn
We got a little bored writing about The Halstead today and messed around with some steelhead numbers at four dams. You can read our rambling on that subject here: http://www.salmonriveridaho.net/p/fishing.html
We're heading out at 5 am tomorrow for the East Fork and then going up to Stanley Tuesday-Wednesday and then down to Challis, Ellis & Elk Bend Thursday-Friday.
We won't be posting much while we're on the road but will have a pile of new stuff when we get back.
Well, Happy Fishing & Many Cheers! John Parsons