Fire updates: Moose fire enters critical days amid 'extreme' behavior

Joshua Murdock

The Moose fire exhibited extreme fire behavior on Friday and shows no sign of letting up amid hot temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity. 

An ongoing threat of dry lightning and associated winds up to 40 mph will likely accelerate fire growth into the weekend. “Large crown fire development” was predicted for Friday and through the weekend, according to an update Friday morning. Extreme fire behavior near the Salmon River and long-range spotting greater than 1 mile could spread the fire across U.S. Highway 93 to the east. That could push the fire edge south and west as much as a mile by Saturday morning and up to another 0.75 miles by Sunday.

Great Basin Team 2 leaders said Friday the fire has been exhibiting extreme fire behavior with tree-crown fires, group torching and long-range spotting ahead of the front. Active surface and crown fires were observed throughout the fire along Napoleon and Moose creeks. The head of the fire was advancing at 0.5 mph. A “large convection column” near Sawlog Gulch and Pine Creek was resulting in long-range spotting farther than 1 mile away.

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