Campers told to evacuate due to the 210 Fire near Redfish Lake

Credit: Lisa Chavez/ KTVB

Campers told to evacuate due to the 210 Fire near Redfish Lake

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 11:16 AM

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BOISE -- Campers near Redfish Lake are being told to evacuate due to the 210 Fire burning near the entrance to the lake.

Flames broke out Monday afternoon on Forest Service Road 210, off of Highway 75 near milepost 185, between Fish Creek Road and Redfish Lake Road. The area is approximately 2 to 4 miles south of Stanley. The fire has jumped Highway 75 and is moving to the east. It has burned around 300 acres of timber.

Crews fighting the fire include ground support, and support from the air with three type 1 helicopters, four single engine air tankers and heavy air tankers.  A Type 1 overhead team has been ordered to help fight and manage the fire.

The Idaho State Police, the Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho Transportation Department are assisting with road closures and evacuations.

As of Tuesday morning, Highway 75 near the lodge has been reopened. However, Idaho State Police caution motorists to expect firefighters, smoke, and traffic congestion in the area.

Madonna Lengerich, Fire Information Officer for the Sawtooth National Forest says that structures on the ridge above the Salmon River are threaten, and the fish hatchery that is down below the river has been impacted by the fire.

There are voluntary evacuations for the Redfish Lake complex including the lodge, plus six campgrounds, however most visitors have already left.

KTVB Digital Content Manager Lisa Chavez is vacationing at Redfish Lake and was told to evacuate just before 5:00 Monday afternoon.  As her family was driving out of the campground, they could see flames along the road to the entrance of Redfish Lake.

KTVB had a crew at the National Interagency Fire Center when two firefighting planes including a C-130 took off for the fire.

Lengerich says for those who have reservations, they need to call ahead or go to the Sawtooth National Forest website for updates on the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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