Halstead Fire Update
August 8, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 34,021 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: 421 personnel, including 8 hand crews, 14 engines, 3 helicopters
Forecast: High pressure and hot and dry air will continue to bring unstable conditions into central Idaho. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect today and dry lightning is expected in the afternoon through the evening. Humidity will be 15 percent and highs 84-89 degrees.
The fire progressed east yesterday and firefighters conducted successful burnout in Beaver Creek. There was substantial smoke over the east side of the fire and a little bit of activity in the Marsh Creek drainage. Firefighters will continue to work to reduce the fuel load on the forest boundary near private land. With the unstable air and low humidity, firefighters will be ready for initial attack on any new fires that ignite as a result of the lightning over the next few days.
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/