Scout camp evacuated as wildfire burns near Stanley

Scout camp evacuated as wildfire burns near Stanley

Scout camp evacuated as wildfire burns near Stanley



Posted on July 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:32 AM

STANLEY, Idaho -- A fire north of Stanley in the Salmon/Challis Forest on the border of the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return continues to grow after it sparked Friday.

U.S. Forest Service officials say the Halstead Fire is now threatening several campgrounds, as well as a local boy scout camp.

The exact location of the fire is about 15 miles north of Stanley, between Beaver Creek and Marsh Creek near Seafoam Lake.

Officials say lightning started the fire on Friday, and it has now grown to at least 60 acres.

Several nearby campgrounds have been evacuated.
The Bradley Boy Scout Camp is also in the area. Two-hundred scouts have been evacuated and the camp has been shut down for around 200 more scouts who were set to go to the camp this week.

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office in Salmon, Idaho, say one heavy-attack firefighting helicopter is currently battling the flames. Several fire crews, including two USFS hotshot crews, two USFS hand crews, and several smoke jumpers are standing-by to protect nearby camp-grounds and homes.

Nearby road and area closures include: 

Marsh Creek Trailhead
Bradley Boy Scout Camp
USFS Marsh Creek 203,
USFS Beaver Creek 008 from the Junction of Hwy 21 to USFS Beaver-Loon 172
UFS Beaver Loon Road.

Campground Closures include:

Beaver Creek Campground
Beaver Creek Camp Spur
Lola Creek Campground
Lola Camp Spur A