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Goat Fire's growth slows

SALMON, Idaho - The Goat Fire is burning in Goat Creek approximately 2 miles from the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Salmon Challis National Forest Fire managers said the fire was sparked by lightning on Aug. 1. The total acreage is now approximately 430 acres, but growth over the last two days has been minimal.

Weather conditions have somewhat limited fire growth. Some precipitation has occurred over the area, but cloud cover, and higher humidity has helped to moderate fire behavior and growth.

The fire is currently burning in stringers of alpine fir among rock outcroppings and cliff lines. Due to
the extremely steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain and fire location, currently it isn't safe to
staff the fire with firefighters.

Meanwhile, forest personnel have created a long-term plan. It includes prepping campsites along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the event that fire does reach the area. Also, a lookout has been established on the west side of the Middle Fork.

Salmon Challis National Forest Fire managers expect the fire to continue to burn throughout the summer or until a significant weather event occurs.

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