Halstead Fire Update
August 12, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 49,322 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: 342 personnel, including 5 hand crews, 14 engines, 2 helicopters
Forecast: Red Flag Warning in effect today beginning at noon. Very dry air will continue over central Idaho today, with more unstable air and some humidity returning Monday to bring back a slight chance of afternoon thundershowers. Temperatures today will be in the 80’s with extremely low humidity ranging from 8-14 percent. The Haines index is 6 and there is a potential for large fire growth due to the weather.
Remarks: There were some spot fires in the area of the Bench fire yesterday that were discovered during an afternoon aerial reconnaissance flight. Firefighters worked to quickly suppress the spots and the Bench fire is held to 171 acres so far today. The Halstead fire is approximately 100 yards from Marsh Creek and there was little movement on the north end of the fire. The large column visible from Stanley was from burning occurring in the Trail Creek area. Fire has crossed the Pinyon Road and the area was very smoky and had low visibility for much of the day. The fire is approximately 2 ½ miles from Loon Creek on the eastern flank of the fire. The fire is well established in the Basin and Yankee Creek drainages.
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. Forest roads north of Loon Creek Guard Station are closed.
The Bench Fire Emergency Area Closure (04-13-12-524) went into effect August 11, 2012. It closes an area from Stanley Lake and Bridal Veil Falls, northwest to the Custer-Valley County line.
The following CAMPGROUNDS are closed due to the fire closure: Beaver Creek, Lola Creek, Marsh Creek Transfer, Josephus Lake, Bench, Banner, Park City, Elk Creek, Sheep Trail, Trap Creek, Vader Creek and Thatcher Creek..
ALL ROADS and TRAILS within the closure and forming boundaries of the closure area are CLOSED.
Prevention Message: Fire danger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is HIGH. Partial Fire restrictions are in place for some of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Please check with the Forest before lighting any campfires and always make sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
For more information on fires burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest,
please visit http://inciweb.org/unit/46/