Elk Fire burns near Stanley

Elk Fire burns near Stanley

Credit: Kim Fields/KTVB

Elk Fire burns near Stanley

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 18 at 1:00 PM

STANLEY, Idaho -- Fire crews are working to contain a 25-acre wildfire that sparked six miles north of Stanley on Sunday, threatening the nearby Iron Ranch.

U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Bill Murphy says about 60 firefighters, seven engines, and one helicopter are currently fighting the "Elk Fire," which broke out in the Elk Creek drainage, and was likely human-caused.

Murphy says the crews are from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Sawtooth Valley Fire Dept.

Murphy told KTVB he estimated that the fire will be contained by 2 p.m. Monday.

Where do the helicopters get their water?

Employees of the Redfish Lake Lodge reported seeing smoke and helicopters flying over Redfish Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Tricia Cox told KTVB she saw helicopters flying over and smelled smoke when she was in church.

"At 4:30 or 5 p.m. we saw helicopters going back and forth getting water," Cox said.

However, Murphy says that water doesn't come from any of the valley or high mountain lakes. He says It comes from a private pond.

"We're very selective where we dip for environmental reasons," Murphy told KTVB, adding that an anonymous local resident had created a special firefighter dipping pond that crews now use for forest fire fighting operations.

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