Halstead Update 9-7-12
Incident: Halstead Wildfire
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 148,021 acres Containment: 20%
Location: Approx. 3 miles north of Stanley, Idaho
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources on the fire: 568 personnel, including 7 hand crews, 28 engines and 8 helicopters
Community Meeting: Yankee Fork Work Center at 7:00 pm on Friday September 7, 2012.
What Happened Yesterday: The Halstead Fire is now 20% contained. Total acreage of the burned area is 148,021 acres within the fire perimeter. Burnout operations along Highway 21 and behind residences behind Cow Camp were successful. There was moderate fire spread to the north and east Firefighters continued structure protection along Yankee Fork and around the Lost Packer Mine.
The Plan for Today: Helicopters will continue to support ground troops working to hold the fire north of Highway 75 and Highway 21 and keep the fire east of Marsh Creek. Structure protection efforts will continue along Highway 75, Casino Creek, Yankee Fork, Sunbeam, Lost Packer Mine, and Seafoam Guard Station. Firefighters will work to establish control lines adjacent to Joe's Gulch to protect Stanley and the powerline. Fire managers will continue to monitor fire progression towards Loon Creek Guard Station, Diamond D Ranch, and Bonanza.
Air Quality: Winds helped clear the accumulate smoke out of the Stanley area late Thursday. No significant air quality issues are expected for the Halstead fire due to decreased fire activity and good smoke dispersion. The air quality advisory for Lemhi and Custer Counties remains in effect.
Highway 75 Update: As of 8:00 pm Thursday evening two-way traffic resumed along Highway 75 between Lower Stanley and Peach Creek (mile marker 206.6). Drivers are advised to continue to watch for potential debris along the roadway and increased amount of traffic with fire vehicles in the area.
Closures: Know before you go. A large area around the Halstead Fire is closed. For information on the closure area visit: www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth and www.fs.usda.gov/scnf . For a high resolution map of the closure area go to the Flickr site www.flickr.com/salmonchallisnf.
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