STANLEY, Idaho -- Firefighters were pulled back from a small but dangerous wildfire burning northwest of Stanley in central Idaho, where several campgrounds have been evacuated.
The 60-acre blaze in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has also prompted the closure of Forest Service roads and a boy scout camp north of Idaho Highway 21.
Authorities say deemed the blaze too dangerous to fight from the ground Monday and firefighters were withdrawn. Crews continued dumping water from above while also clearing possible fire fuels along Beaver Creek Road in an effort to contain the blaze.
Mardi Rhodes with the Salmon-Challis National Forest says the number of fallen and dead trees in the area made it unsafe for firefighters. Rhodes says officials won't decide whether to resume ground efforts until Tuesday.
The exact location of the fire is about 15 miles north of Stanley, between Beaver Creek and Marsh Creek near Seafoam Lake.
Officials say lightning started the fire on Friday.
The Bradley Boy Scout Camp is also in the area. Two-hundred scouts have been evacuated and the camp has been shut down for around 200 more scouts who were set to go to the camp this week.
Officials from the U.S.Forest ServiceRegional Office in Salmon,Idaho, say one heavy-attack firefighting helicopter is currently battling the flames. Several fire crews, including two USFS hotshot crews, two USFShand crews, and several smoke jumpers are standing-by to protect nearby campgrounds and homes.
Nearby road and area closures include:
Marsh Creek Trailhead
Bradley Boy Scout Camp
USFSMarsh Creek 203,
USFS Beaver Creek 008 from the Junction of Hwy 21 to USFSBeaver-Loon 172
UFSBeaver Loon Road.
Campground Closures include:
Beaver Creek Campground
Beaver Creek Camp Spur
Lola Creek Campground
Lola Camp Spur A