Halstead Fire Update
August 9, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 36,814 acres Containment: 3%
Location: Approx. 18 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho
Legal Description: T13N R11E Sec. 34 (Lat: 44º 26’ 45” N Long: 115º 9’ 59” W)
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources on the fire: 392 personnel, including 8 hand crews, 15 engines, 3 helicopters
Forecast: High pressure will continue to bring unstable air into central Idaho. There will be minor cooling on Friday as a weak trough passes to the north. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms. The high temperature for today will be in the 80’s and the humidity will be around 20 percent.
There was not a lot of growth on the fire yesterday. The fire continued to move towards Marsh Creek and was burning in the Vanity Summit area. The most growth was seen near Trail Creek. Burn out operations will continue in Asher Creek to protect private land. Firefighters will continue their indirect attack on the fire, ensuring firefighter and public safety is the highest priority. Firefighters will continue to reduce the threat of fire to private lands by reducing the fuel load along the boundary with private lands.
The Halstead Fire Emergency Area Closure (Order Number: 04-13-12-521) went into effect August 3, 2012 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 (FCRONRW) that is east of the Middle Fork Wild and Scenic River Corridor, east of Bluebunch Ridge, and north of Lola Creek, National Forest lands north of Hwy 21 & 75 to Sunbeam and west of Yankee Fork Road to Loon Creek Guard Station. The Pinyon Peak Road in its entirety is closed.
The following CAMPGROUNDS are closed due to the fire closure: Beaver Creek Campground, Lola Creek Campground, Marsh Creek Transfer, Josephus Lake.
ALL ROADS and TRAILS within the closure and forming boundaries of the closure area are CLOSED.
The above described area is within the proclaimed and administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork and Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger Districts, Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
***** The Boundary Creek Launch Site and the entire Middle Fork River Corridor are OPEN.*****
*******In addition, Highway 21 from Stanley to Boise is NOT affected by the fire. *******
Prevention Message: Fire danger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is HIGH. Although the Forest currently does not have any fire restrictions in effect, we are asking visitors to use precaution at all times. Please make sure your campfires are completely dead out prior to leaving your campsite at any time.
For more information on fires burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest,
please visit http://inciweb.org/unit/46/.