Falconberry Ranch Fire Pictures
A fire began on August 10, 2003 at, or near, Falconberry Ranch which burned over 24,500 acres of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service news release issued on August 20th, "The fire was human caused by an escaped campfire in the vicinity of the Falconberry Ranch. All the buildings were destroyed by the fire."
Based on an article found at The Challis Messenger Online, four men later pled guilty in a federal court for causing the fire. They were campers traveling on horseback who incorrectly believed that they had thoroughly extinquished their campfire on the ranch property before heading out for the day. The men returned to find the camp and their equipment burned. The campers were fined and the Forest Service is attempting to secure restitution for the nearly $500,000 in fire suppression costs.
Some pictures of the fire can be seen at the Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Photos web site.
The following photographs come courtesy of Gail Baer, a public relations specialist with the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Ms. Baer sent these in response to my request for any pictures that she might have of the fire at Falconberry Ranch. I am indebted to Ms. Baer for her helpfulness.
You can also see pictures taken of Falconberry Ranch a couple of weeks prior to the devastating fire.
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