Sunday, July 6, 2014

UPDATED: Wildfire Near Stanley Kicks Off the Fire Season

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The Hells Roaring Fire has burned 130 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest. - INCIWEB
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  • The Hells Roaring Fire has burned 130 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest.


The Hell Roaring Fire has grown to 320 acres, but firefighters made great progress on the fire July 6 , holding the western flank of the fire at bay. The southeast and northeast edges of the fire are also secured, and the fire is said to be 60 percent contained.

Fire crews are working on mop-up operations today and securing the northern border. The crew is made up of 184 personnel, including five crews, two helicopters, four engines and support. No structures were lost and none are currently threatened, but an area closure remains in effect on the western side of Highway 75, across from the Williams Creek Trailhead.

Highway 75 is open as well as the majority of trails, campgrounds and recreation sites on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, including those at Redfish and Stanley lakes.

Another fire—called the Pagari Fire—sparked yesterday in the Twin Falls District, around 2 p.m. The fire is driven by wind and currently burning a 3,500-acre grass and brush area. Crews have half the fire contained and plan for full containment by 7 p.m. The crew includes 10 engines, two water tenders and two bulldozers. The cause was determined to be from a vehicle.

ORIGINAL POST: Jul 7, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

It's official: Idaho's 2014 fire season has begun, with the Hell Roaring Fire, nine miles southeast of Stanley. Estimated to be 130 acres in size and burning dead lodgepole pine in a bug-kill area, the fire was reported just before noon on July 4. The blaze is thought to be human caused. 

Resources responding to the fire included four engines, three hand crews, three helicopters and four single-engine air tankers. Three loads of retardant were dropped on the fire by air tankers to help reduce the fire's spread. Additional firefighting personnel, including a fire investigator, have been ordered to join the suppression effort, which numbered 190 people on July 5. 

The fire, west of Highway 75, evacuated campsites and public from the surrounding wilderness area. Large air tankers are used to diminish threat to nearby cabins and trailers. 

And Lucky Peak's foothills had their first brush with fire season, as well. A 25-acre fire is burning west of the reservoir near the Spring Shores marina. The fire was reported July 4 at 9 a.m., with the cause still under investigation. 

Responding units included two 20-person crews and two engines from the Forest Service, one bulldozer and a fire investigator from the Bureau of Land Management, as well as two engines from the Idaho Department of Lands. Two helicopters and single-engine air tankers were also deployed, dropping six loads of fire retardant on the wildfire. It was expected to be contained by 4 p.m. yesterday.

Recreationists are urged to use caution in the area, but there is no expected impact from the fire on highway traffic or the marina.

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