Wildfire Threatens Idaho Campground, Lodge

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July 24, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Idaho wildfire managers are bringing in more personnel and equipment to battle a fire south of Stanley that forced the evacuation of Redfish Lake campers and guests at the historic lodge.

The Associated Press reported that the 210 Road Fire, which ignited Monday afternoon, has burned less than a square mile of lodgepole pine and brush. At one point, the fire burned to the border of a state fish hatchery and a nearby subdivision, but no structures were damaged, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Shortly after the fire started, forest officials opted to evacuate the series of campgrounds on the lake's southern edge and guests booked at the Redfish Lake Lodge, built in 1929 on the north shore of the lake at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains.

The area remained under an evacuation order Tuesday.

"The lodge and the campgrounds were not immediately threatened," fire spokeswoman Linda Steinhaus said. "The evacuation was really all about public safety at the time."

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