Halstead Fire Update 9-12-12
Incident: Halstead Wildfire
Start Date: July 27, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Current Size: 153,995 acres Containment: 45%
Location: Approx. 3 miles north of Stanley, Idaho
Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Resources on the fire: 396 personnel - 7 hand crews, 11 engines, and 2 helicopters
COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULED FRIDAY IN STANLEY
There will be a meeting at 7:00 pm, Friday Sept. 14, at the Stanley Community Center.
What Happened Yesterday: The Cape Horn Fire was declared out at 5:00 pm Tuesday. This fire, sparked by lightning Sunday, was held to one-tenth of an acre in size and was controlled by that evening. A Type 1 Hot Shot Crew worked directly on fire lines in Basin Creek and Sawmill Creek drainages, aided by support from a Type 1 helicopter. In the south, a planned burnout connected fire line and secured containment between Tennell Creek and Anderson Creek in the Cow Camp area. There was minimal fire activity except for some isolated torching on interior portions of the fire. Crews continued removing snags and other fire debris to open up Forest Service roads previously closed within the fire activity. Rehabilitation and mop up of areas along the perimeter of the fire continued.
The Plan for Today: Fire progression will be monitored near Loon Creek Guard Station, Diamond D Ranch, Bonanza, and in the Marsh Creek drainage. Structure protection will continue along Highway 75, Yankee Fork, Sunbeam, Lost Packer Mine and Seafoam Guard Station. Engines and crews will mop up areas where the fire has been held and rehabilitate areas that pose no potential for fire spread. Crews will continue to clear Forest Service roads within the fire area.
Air Quality: On Wednesday air quality in Stanley will be good during the day but is expected to deteriorate at night and throughout the rest of the week. Drifting smoke from both the Halstead and Mustang fires continues to drift into the Challis airshed, gradually degrading air quality towards the weekend. The Stage I air quality advisory for Lemhi and Custer Counties remains in effect.
Closures: Know before you go. The area closure for the Halstead Fire was reduced on September 11. The Yankee Fork and Loon Creek Roads are now open. Loon Creek is closed above the summit but is open to Tin Cup. The Loon Creek Trail is open but the area to the west of the trail remains closed. For information and maps of 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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