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STANLEY-- A forest fire near Stanley has grown to more than 9,626 acres after it sparked during a lightning storm six days ago.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Halstead Fire is currently burning about 18 miles north of Stanley near the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The fire caused an evacuation at the nearby Bradley Boy Scout camp on Saturday.

Officials say no homes or cabins have been directly threatened by the flames; however, several historic Forest Service buildings are in its path.


The Ruffneck Peak Lookout Tower and and the Seafoam Guard Station are located near the fire's current boundary in the remote Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Forest Service public information officer Bruce Palmer said firefighters began wrapping the Ruffneck Peak Lookout with a fire-resistant wrap on Wednesday, in order to protect the historic structure in case of fire.

It's like heavy-duty aluminum foil, Palmer said, adding that smoke jumpers use fire shelters made of the same material.

Asked if it would completely protect the historic lookout during a major fire, Palmer replied It works pretty darn good.

Forest Service public information officer Mardi Rhodes said firefighters were also concerned about the nearby Seafoam Guard Station. However, Palmer said firefighters haven't yet begun measures to wrap that building as of Thursday.


Forest Service officials say there's no end in sight for the Halstead Fire right now. They say that's because low humidity and high winds have plagued Idaho's central mountains for the last 10 days.

Right now, 204 personnel are fighting the wildfire, including seven hand crews, five engines, and three helicopters.

On Thursday, a red flag warning was issued for the area, with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour expected.

The Forest Service plans to hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Stanley Community Center to answer any questions about the fire.

See a map of the fire here.

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