Halstead Fire Update
August 11, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 43,534 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: 384 personnel, including 7 hand crews, 15 engines, 3 helicopters
Community Meeting: TODAY Saturday August 11, 2012 at Stanley Community Center at 7:00pm
Forecast: Warmer and drier Saturday and Sunday with weak West winds. Temperatures should be in the 80’s. Relative humidity will be around 15 percent. The Haines Index is 4 and the inversion is expected to break today around the noon hour.
Remarks: An infra-red flight was not flown last night due to mechanical problems. The Merino Fire near Indian Springs Guard Station was mapped at 3-4 acres. The Bench Fire near Banner Summit was approximately 50 acres on the West side of the highway and 200 acres on the East side of the Highway. The west side of the Halstead Fire is now approximately 100 yards from the bottom of Marsh Creek. There was some activity in the Valley Summit and upper Trail Creek areas. Fire is across the road that goes to Pinyon Lookout. Also, there is about 75 acres of fire across the FS-032 Road.
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.
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/