Tracking Idaho fires 2022: Four Corners Fire growth slows, some evacuation orders lifted

Four Corners Fire
Four Corners Fire
Moose Fire
Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-15 16:43:19-04

Tracking the wildfires burning throughout Idaho in 2022. Here's what the state's biggest fires look like now.

Four Corners Fire

The Four Corners Fire is now 96% contained, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for many locations, including the order for God's Acres, French Creek and Campbell Creek. Residents are in pre-evacuation stage (SET).

Smoke will continue to be visible within the fire perimeter. The Forest Service asks people not to call 911 if they spot smoke or other fire activity. Instead call 208-510-8412.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire by air and ground and will respond to fire activity as necessary.

The Forest Service closure area is still in effect around the vicinity of the fire. The Forest Service defines a closure area as a legal restriction, but not necessarily the elimination of specified activities such as smoking, camping, or entry that might cause fires in a given area.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized funds Friday to help firefighting costs at the Four Corners fire, the agency announced Friday. State of Idaho officials requested a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) that is approved. The approval was granted as the fire was determined to "cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster," according to a news release from FEMA. The request was also granted due to the fire threatening several communities as well as privately owned powerlines, municipal water pumps, a privately owned church camp and a federally owned radio repeater, according to the release.

In addition to the FMAG funds, FEMA announced an additional $786,522 will be available to Idaho through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire.

The fire began August 13 near Lookout Peak in the West Mountain range, west of Cascade. The cause is currently undetermined but thought to be caused by storms from last week.

Moose Fire

Idaho's largest fire, the Moose Fire, continues to grow in the Salmon-Challis National Forest near Salmon near the Idaho-Montana border.

As of September 15, the Moose Fire burned 130,079 acres and is 47% contained.

A Salmon-Challis National Forest Closure order was updated on September 9 to include the area north of Williams Creek Road, Deep Creek Road.

Idaho Power has conducted an assessment of a powerline damaged by the fire and has restored power to mines and other structures in the area.

The fire was previously determined to be human-caused and is still under investigation.

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