Firefighters still working hard to combat Halstead Fire, now 62 percent contained
The Halstead Fire, which was started by lightning on July 27, is now at 62 percent containment and just under 180,000 acres. The fire is still located about 18 miles north of Stanley.
The Bear Valley Creek Trail was closed yesterday at the Middle Fork of the Salmon River because of the fire. Closure notices are posted at the Fir Creek Campground bridge, Cape Horn Summit road trailhead and at the Lola Creek/Cape Horn road intersection. A helicopter assisted with several water bucket drops at the Mtn. King Mine as the fire was very active in that area even with the wet afternoon weather.
A portion of the fire area was in monitor status due to moderated fire activity as a result of measureable precipitation which occurred during the afternoon and evening.
Monday will have periods of continuous light to moderate rain throughout the Sawtooth Valley, moderating fire behavior. Temperatures will be in the 50’s during the day. A slight warming trend will begin on Wednesday on through next weekend.
Photo courtesy Salmon-Challis National Forest