BOISE -- Crews are battling a forest fire that broke out in an area about 9 miles southeast of Stanley this afternoon in the central Idaho wilderness.
The Hell Roaring Fire has charred about 195 acres near Decker Flats in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire was reported just before noon Friday. No word yet what ignited the fire, which is burning in mostly lodgepole pine.
At this time no campsites or roads are closed due to the fire, but travelers might begin to see some smoke on roads in the area.
The Idaho Transportation Department sent out a traffic alert this afternoon urging motorists to drive with extreme caution on an 11-mile stretch of Idaho Highway 75 south of Stanley. To see a map of the affected area, please visit: http://id.carsprogram.org/IDmessenger/googlemap.jsf?pk=649336.
Thomas says lots of resources are being put on the Hell Roaring Fire, including four engines, three initial attack hand crews, four single engine air tankers. Also there were three loads of retardant dropped to help stop spread the fire.
There is no estimated time of containment at this point.
Those with the Sawtooth National Forest say the fire danger in the forest is extremely high and they urge everyone to be very careful when out in the woods, and to please make sure your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.