The lightning-ignited Salmon River fire was reported by a member of the public around 5 p.m. on July 23, 2015. As of August 3 the fire is estimated at 15,563 acres.
Located in Kobuk Valley National Park, the fire is four miles east of the confluence of the Kobuk and Salmon Rivers and 2.1 miles southeast of the confluence of Tutuksuk and Kobuk Rivers. The fire is burning in black spruce, mixed hardwood and tundra. There are native allotments and a few structures located within 1-2 miles of the fire.
The wildland fire protection agency for the area, the Alaska Fire Service –Galena Zone, is working closely with the National Park Service to take measures to protect life and property as needed. Smokejumpers will provide structure protection until significant rainfall occurs. No allotments or structures are threatened at this time. Where there is fire, there is smoke. Smoke may be present near the Salmon River.