BOISE -- A wildfire burning in the central Idaho wilderness has grown to 3,700 acres. Officials say the Halstead Fire is actively burning in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine, about 18 miles northwest of Stanley, and has forced the closure of several campgrounds and a boy scout camp.
Lightning sparked the Halstead Fire on Friday, along with 10 other fires in the area. It is located on the ridge between Beaver Creek and Marsh Creek in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
The fire is zero percent contained and the Forest Service says firefighters are completing fuel breaks along Beaver Creek Road from Beaver Creek Campground to Shake Creek.
Officials do not believe this fire will be extinguished soon or easily. Their goal is to minimize the effects of the Stanley economy and keep it from spreading to high value assets in the area.
There are 92 total personnel on this fire, including:
• Two Type 1 Hotshot Crews
• Two Type 2 Hand Crews
• Two Type 6 Engines
• Two Smoke Jumpers
• One Type 1 Helicopter
• Type 3 Incident Command
An emergency closure order went into effect today 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 that is east of the Middle Fork Wild and Scenic River Corridor, east of Bluebunch Ridge, and north of Lola Creek, the area northwest of the Knapp-Loon Trail and west of the Pinyon-Feltham Road. In addition, the Pinyon Peak Road in its entirety is closed.
The following campgrounds are closed due to the fire closure: Beaver Creek Campground, Beaver Creek Camp Spur, Lola Creek Campground, Lola Camp Spur A, Marsh Creek Transfer, Josephus Lake. All roads and trails in the closure area are also off limits.
Fire danger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest is high. Although the forest currently does not have any fire restrictions in effect, visitors are urged to use precaution at all times. Please make sure your campfires are completely dead out at the end of each use.