Crews Continue To Battle Halstead Fire Near Stanley
Stanley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - The Halstead fire continues to burn today. At this time 57% of the fire is contained officials say. 167 personnel are working the blaze that so far has consumed 168,106 acres. Loon Creek Road above Hecla Mine to Loon Creek Guard Station will be closed today from 9 am to 9 pm while fire managers assess the need for a burnout to stop fire progression to the road.
Yesterday, The fire was active in Duffield Creek near the Sheep Mountain area. Near Loon Creek Summit the fire grew near Jordan Mountain and into Jordan Creek with some active spotting. Monday afternoon a new fire was detected on the Boise National Forest just west of the Halstead Incident. Halstead air operations responded by sending two helicopters to suppress the Four Creeks Fire, which grew to six acres by Monday evening. Lola Campground and Marsh Creek were closed. Rehabilitation and suppression repair work continued on the southern perimeter of the fire.
Today, operations will look for opportunities to conduct a burnout west of the Loon Creek Road (Forest Road 172) to halt the fire’s eastward progression towards the road. A hand crew and helicopter will assist containing the Four Creeks Fire southwest of the Halstead Incident. Efforts will continue to secure the area around Marsh Creek and Lola Campground. Suppression repair work and rehabilitation of dozer lines continue in affected areas along the southern flank of the fire. Structure protection measures remain in place along Yankee Fork, Seafoam Guard Station and around Lost Packer Mine.
The Salmon River is closed to floating from Buckhorn Bridge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area eastern boundary from September 3-22 during salmon spawning. Bank fishing is open. The river will be open to all user groups as of September 23.
Along the Highway 75 Salmon River Corridor from Stanley to the Sawtooth NRA boundary, the following campgrounds are open and will be managed by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through the end of hunting season: Casino, Mormon Bend, Upper O’Brien, Holman, and Whiskey Flat.