Wildfire near Idaho lodge forces camper evacuation


by KTVB.COM & Associated Press


Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 11:27 AM

STANLEY, Idaho -- Idaho wildfire managers say Wednesday should mark a turning point in the fight against the 210 Fire burning south of Stanley near Redfish Lake.

The fire sparked Monday afternoon and burned less than a square mile, or roughly 230 acres, of lodgepole pine and brush. Firefighters say it started alongside a small national forest road, just off State Highway 75 near the entrance to Redfish Lake Lodge.

Nearby campers and guests at the historic Red Fish Lake  Lodge were forced to evacuate on Monday after the fire broke out. At one point, the fire burned to the border of a state fish hatchery and a nearby subdivision, but no buildings or homes were damaged.

State Highway 75 was also briefly closed near the lodge due to smoke and flames, but is now completely reopened.

Officials say the lodge and campgrounds were not immediately threatened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


More than 260 firefighters are still on the job working to contain the fire and clean up burned areas.

Public information officer Bobbi Filbert says fire managers will evaluate fire conditions Wednesday evening, and hope to reopen Red Fish Lake Road on Thursday.

"Our hope is to get this road open as soon as we can," Filbert told KTVB.

Meanwhile, Filbert says campers who were evacuated on Monday will briefly be allowed back into the lodge area and nearby campgrounds to retrieve any items left behind from the evacuation. However, that window is open only until 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Four hotshot crews, several hand crews, 23 fire engines, and a heavy attack helicopter will continue to fight the fire on Wednesday.