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Firefighters bracing for high winds near Canyon Fire

Posted: 1:52 PM, Jul 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-23 15:52:26-04

STANLEY — During the next few days -- with high winds and possible lightning storms expected –- firefighter crews on the Canyon Fire near Stanley will continue to focus their efforts on securing and holding established lines on the northern edge, as well as monitoring hot spots along Idaho State Highway 21.

Aviation resources are still being utilized, officials said. Fire managers anticipate some demobilization of the resources to local units, if the lines hold during weather events.

Firefighters continued to monitor and secure handlines along the West Fork of Canyon Creek, after successful burn operations on the northern edge. Fuel pockets within the fire perimeter will continue to burn for several days producing scattered smoke plumes.

The fire so far has burned some 324 acres and only 32 percent contained, fire managers said. Currently, there are 206 personnel on the fire including six hand crews, four engines, and four helicopters.

Smoke from the Canyon Fire and other nearby fires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For more information on smoke impacts and air quality, you can visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

Both lanes of State Highway 21 in the area of the Canyon Fire are open, but drivers are encouraged to slow down for both firefighter and public safety. Bull Trout and Martin Lake Campgrounds are open.

The Canyon Fire is located southeast of Bull Trout Campground and about fourteen miles west of Stanley, Idaho, within the Lowman Ranger District. It is a lightning-caused fire and was reported about 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

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