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UPDATE: Forest Fire Near Stanley Has Burned 18,522 Acres

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By Paul Johnson

UPDATE: FRIDAY 9:35AM August 3, 2012 Fire officials with the Salmon-Challis National Forest have issued a revised size estimate of the fire that is burning out of control. According to a news release issued just moments ago, the number has grown to 18,522 acres. It is zero-percent contained. As of this time, 213 personnel working to gain control of the blaze. The fire started on the ridge between Beaver Creek and Marsh Creek and is actively burning in subalpine fir and lodge pole pine. Firefighters continue working on completing fuel breaks along the Beaver Creek Road from Beaver Creek Campground to Shake Creek. In addition, they are working to suppress a spot fire north of the Pinyon Peak/Seafoam Jct. on the east side of the Pinyon Peak Road halfway to the Langer Lake Trailhead. UPDATE 9:55 AM THURSDAY AUGUST 2, 2012 The forest fire burning 18 miles northwest of Stanley has consumed 9,626 acres. At this time containment is at 0%. The Halstead fire was ignited by lightning on Monday, July 27. Right now there are 204 crew members working the fire including 7 hand crews along with 5 engines and 3 helicopters. A red Flag warning is in place today as winds continue to blow through the area. The wind is expected to decrease on Friday. On Wednesday afternoon, the fire made about a five mile run to the east. Fire crews are working to protect a Boy Scout Camp and private property along the Highway 21 corridor. An emergency closure that went into effect July 31 for all access points to the Cape Horn Area, all access to the Seafoam Bubble, all access to the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness that is east of the Middle fork Wild and Scenic River Corridor, east of Blue bunch Ridge and north of Lola Creek, the area northwest of the Knapp-Loon Trail and west of the Pinyon-Feltham Road in its entirety is closed. Also, the campgrounds that are closed due to the fire are Beaver Creek, Bever Creek Camp Spur, Lola Creek, Lola Camp Spur A, marsh Creek Transfer and Josephus Lake. ALL ROADS and TRAILS within the closure and forming boundaries of the closure area are CLOSED. UPDATE INFORMATION 10:45 AM AUGUST 1, 2012 The map associated with this story indicates all of the fires that are active today. A forest fire in the Salmon-Challis national forest has now burned over 5,000 acres. The U.S. Forest Service says lightning started the "Halstead fire," which is burning about 20 miles northwest of Stanley. There are about 200 people working on this fire. None of the fire has been contained and officials still have not set a containment time. The U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency area and road closure. UPDATE 7/31/12: Stanley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A fire caused by lightning has grown to burn over 3700 acres in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The fire is still 0% contained and no containment time has been set.

Several campgrounds, trails and roads have been closed due to the fire.

Here is an excerpt from the US Forest Service's update on the fire:

CLOSURES: The following CAMPGROUNDS are closed due to the fire closure: Beaver Creek Campground, Beaver Creek Camp Spur, Lola Creek Campground, Lola Camp Spur A, Marsh Creek Transfer, Josephus Lake.

ALL ROADS and TRAILS within the closure and forming boundaries of the closure area are CLOSED.

There are 92 total personnel on this incident, including:

Two Type 1 Hotshot Crews

Two Type 2 Hand Crews

Two Type 6 Engines

Two Smoke Jumpers

One Type 1 Helicopter

Type 3 IC – F. Behm

PREVENTION MESSAGE: Fire danger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is high. Although the Forest currently does not have any fire restrictions in affect, we are asking visitors to use precaution at all times. Please make sure your campfires are completely dead out at the end of each use.

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Stanley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Lightning is being blamed for a fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest that is burning out of control in central Idaho. Stacy Baker with the U.S. Forest Service said the “Halstead Fire” was reported Friday, July 27th. It currently is 0% contained.

At last report 60 acres have burned about 18 miles northwest of Stanley. 92 personal are on scene which include two hotshot crews, 2 hand crews, 6 engines, two smoke jumpers, a helicopter and a Type 3IC – F. Behm. The fire is located along the Halstead Creek drainage, northwest of Beaver Creek Road and is actively burning in subalpine fir, spruce and lodge pole pine. Fire fighters are currently taking an active role in completing fuel breaks operations along Beaver Creek Road from Beaver Creek Campground to Shake Creek. Houseman’s National Incident Management Organization Team will take command of the fire on Wednesday, August 1.The Halstead Fire Emergency Area Closure went into effect July 30, 2012 and includes Lola Creek Campground, Marsh Creek Trailhead, Beaver Creek Campground and Bradley Boy Scout Camp for forest visitor safety. The following CAMPGROUNDS are closed due to the fire closure: Beaver Creek Campground, Beaver Creek Camp Spur, Lola Creek Campground, Lola Camp Spur A. The following ROADS are closed due to the fire closure: Cape Horn Road in its entirely and all tributary routes interior to the closure, Beaver Creek from its beginning at State Highway 21 to its junction with Beaver-Loon, Beaver-Loon from its beginning at its junction with Marsh Creek Road to Pinyon/Feltham Road. ALL TRAILS within the closure and forming boundaries of the closure area are CLOSED. Forest visitors may access the Seafoam area via the Beaver-Loon Road

Click here for a map of the area.

Click here for a fire fact sheet.



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