STANLEY, Idaho -- Fire crews continue to struggle against the Halstead Fire burning 18 miles northwest of Stanley.
Both the size of the fire and the number of people fighting it grew Saturday. The lightning-caused fire is now estimated at 23,310 acres. To fight it, 375 personnel, including eight hand crews, 11 engines and three helicopters, are on scene.
The fire is estimated at one percent containment.
Firefighters plan to continue constructing indirect firelines from the Beaver/Marsh Creek area southeast to protect the Boy Scout Camp, private property and Cape Horn Guard Station along the Highway 21 corridor. Additional crews will be working on structure protection around Loon Creek Guard Station and Diamond D Ranch.
Several areas remained closed because of this fire. They include all access points to the Cape Horn Area, all access to the Seafoam Bubble, all access to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness that is east of the Middle Fork Wild and Scenic River Corridor, east of Bluebunch Ridge, and north of Lola Creek, National Forest lands north of Hwy 21 and 75 to Sunbeam and west of Yankee Fork Road to Loon Creek Guard Station. The Pinyon Peak Road in its entirety is closed.
The following campgrounds are also closed: Beaver Creek Campground, Lola Creek Campground, Marsh Creek Transfer and Josephus Lake.
The Boundary Creek Launch Site and the entire Middle Fork River Corridor are open and Highway 21 from Stanley to Boise is not affected by the fire.