Halstead Fire Update
August 14, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434 Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 58,269 acres Containment: 3%
Location: Approx. 18 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources on the fire: 318 personnel, including 2 hand crews, 20 engines, 2 helicopters
Community Meeting: Tuesday August 14, in Sunbeam at 7:00pm at the restaurant parking lot
Community Meeting: Wednesday August 15, 7:00pm Stanley Community Center
Forecast: Red Flag Warning in effect today. The Haines Index will be a 4. Warm, dry and gusty winds are forecast for the day. Temperatures will be in the 80’s and relative humidity around 15 percent. A dry cold front will bring northwest winds and cooler weather Wednesday and Thursday. The inversion should break around noon.
Remarks: The Bench fire was held to 217 acres and is 40 percent contained. There was an additional spot fire from the Bench fire called Bench II that was suppressed with the assistance of helicopters and measured at about 1 ½ acres. Another fire detected west of the Halstead Fire-a suspected lightning holdover-is in a rocky area and is being monitored. Helicopters dropped buckets of water on it as soon as it was discovered. The Halstead Fire continues to burn actively in the Vanity Lakes, and Trail Creek areas. The natural barriers on the east side of the fire are slowing the fire’s progression. The fire is south of Red Mountain and north of Sunday Creek. The Halstead Incident Command Post and Base Camp are relocating to a consolidated location two miles west of Stanley. Travelers on Hwy 21 should use caution due to increased fire and heavy equipment traffic.
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 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.
Emergency Road Closure (04-13-12-525), effective Aug. 11, 2012 closes Forest Road 172 north of Diamond D Ranch, Forest Road 007 north of FS 172 and Forest Road 004.
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.
Hwy 21 and Hwy 75 remain open within the closure area.
The Boundary Creek Road (FS 579) to the Middle Fork remains open.
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