Halstead Fire Update
August 17, 2012 - 0900
Fire Information: 208-860-0434 Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 83,857 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: 301 personnel, including 4 hand crews, 19 engines, 3 helicopters
Forecast: A weak west to northwest winds ahead of a ridge of high pressure will continue today. This will maintain unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity. The temperature will be in the 80s with humidity around 15 percent. The Haines Index will be a 4. The inversion should break around noon.
Remarks: Work on the Bench Fire continued with 60 percent containment. A 24-hour evacuation notice was issued to residents and campers from Sunbeam Store to and including Custer town and Jordan Creek to Loon Creek summit. The fire has passed the confluence of Hay Creek and is moving down East Basin Creek. While there were large columns of smoke visible from the town of Stanley today, the fire only grew about half mile on the southeast perimeter. There was another large column as a result of the fire burning in Loon Creek approximately 2-miles from the confluence with Pioneer Creek.
Homeowner Preparedness: For suggestions on how to prepare around your home for wildfires visit www.firewise.org
Presentation: Sawtooth Interpretive Historical Association Lecture Series presentation on the Halstead fire at 5:00pm at the Stanley Museum and 7:00pm at the Redfish Lake Visitor Center.
Closures: A large area around the Halstead and the Bench Fire remains closed. For information on the closure area visit www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth and www.fs.usda.gov/scnf . Know before you go. For a high resolution map of the closure area go to the Flickr site www.flickr.com/salmonchallisnf
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, Thatcher Creek, and campgrounds along the Salmon River from Lower Stanley to Thompson Creek.
Air Quality: Models indicate that Challis and Salmon will again have impacts from the Halstead Fire. Morning particulate levels will be in the moderate levels, increasing to unhealthy by mid to late afternoon. Continued active fire behavior is expected the next several days resulting in significant smoke impacts in the surrounding areas. For more information on smoke, visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
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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