Forest Fire Incinerates Idaho Campground
Officials with the Salmon Challis National Forest say that the lightning-caused blaze known as the Halstead Complex fire near Stanley, Idaho, is still at 50 percent contained and has burned 168,106 acres, KMVT-TV, Twins Falls, reported.
The eastern flank of the Halstead Fire was fairly quiet on Sunday (Sept. 16) due to smoky conditions. On the western side, there was active burning and some spot fires detected. Ground work continued to suppress the new spots, complete a burnout around structures at the Seafoam Guard Station and secure the area.
Fire did burn through the Rapid River Campground, destroying all four campsites and toilet facility. Lola Campground and Marsh Creek were closed and operations are underway to prevent damage to the campground. Structure protection continues along Yankee Fork and around Lost Packer Mine.
Today, mop-up efforts will continue to clean up the area around the Seafoam Guard Station following Sunday’s burnout operation. Engines will be stationed at Lost Packer Mine and monitor fire activity in the China Creek drainage. Suppression repair work and rehabilitation of dozer lines will continue in affected areas along the southern flank of the fire. The Marsh Creek area will be monitored to pick up any new spot fires from lightning that came through the area Sunday afternoon.
A thunderstorm came through the Sunday with lightning with very little moisture received on the fire. Gusty winds accompanying the storm cleared out smoke in the Stanley area but an inversion returned by this morning. There is no measurable precipitation in the weather for the remainder of the week. The Stage I air quality advisory for Lemhi and Custer counties remains in effect.
The Salmon River is closed to floating from Buckhorn Bridge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area eastern boundary from Sept. 3-22 during salmon spawning. Bank fishing is open. The river will be open to all user groups as of Sept. 23.
Along the Highway 75 Salmon River Corridor from Stanley to the Sawtooth NRA boundary, the following campgrounds are open and will be managed by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through the end of hunting season: Casino, Mormon Bend, Upper O’Brien, Holman, and Whiskey Flat.