Halstead Fire Update
August 15, 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: Wednesday August 15, 7:00pm Stanley Community Center
Forecast: A dry cold front will bring winds from the northwest and cooler weather. 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 went well on Tuesday with 40 percent containment and only a few areas of concern. There was no smoke or heat from the new ignition on the hill that was called the Bench II Fire. There were a few persistent areas of fire near the Vanity Lakes on the Halstead Fire. The fire front near Trail and Loon creeks appears to be stalled in the rocky terrain. The bulk of the activity was in the Basin Creek area. The fire is just north of the Little Basin and Basin Creek confluence. The fire is also established south of Sunday Creek and well into Duffy Basin. A 48-hour evacuation notice was issued to residents and campers along the Highway 75 corridor from Sunbeam to Lower Stanley, not including Stanley or Lower Stanley.
Homeowner Preparedness: For suggestions on how to prepare around your home for wildfires visit www.firewise.org
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.
For more information on fires burning on the Salmon-Challis National Forest,
please visit http://inciweb.org/unit/46/. www.flickr.com/halsteadfire