Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Stanley Fire Now Contained
The Trap Creek Fire near Stanley, which blew up to almost 3,000 acres a week ago, is now contained. COURTESY: Sawtooth National Forest
Monday, September 28, 2020


The 2,285-acre Trap Creek Fire nine miles northwest of Stanley has now been declared 100 percent contained with the help of rain in the area.

There is still spotting a half-mile away and drying trends later this week may be a concern. Right now, lodgepole pine can be seen smoldering and occasional trees torch.

The cause remains undetermined.

The Grouse Creek Fire near Pine has not expanded much during the past week. COURTESY: U.S. Forest Service

The Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis National Forest fire personnel today under the command of Colton Bates.

Highway 21 is now fully open but the public is encouraged to drive slowly due to smoky conditions. A forest area closure that includes Valley Creek, Vader Creek, Trap Creek, Sheep Trail and East Meadow remains in effect.

  • The Badger Fire, which threatened Magic Mountain Ski Resort and several cabins a few days ago, is now 89,632 acres and 84 percent contained. Minimal fire activity was seen this weekend, thanks to cooler temperatures, and mandatory evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday.

    Firefighters have dropped water near the ski area, and structure protection will continue around cabins and the ski area. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

  • The Grouse Fire, six miles northeast of Pine, is now 3,980 acres and 40 percent contained. An area closure remains in place. Elks Flat Campground and dispersed camping remain open.
  • The Leggit Fire in the Sawtooth Wilderness five miles east of Atlanta is 820 acres and being monitored.
  • The Woodhead Fire, which has burned several structures since making its debut Sept. 7 near Cambridge, is 95,985 acres and 55 percent contained. Firefighters hope to have it contained by Oct. 7.

Higher humidity and cooler temperatures have limited its growth in the past few days, allowing crews to strengthen lines along 120 miles of fire perimeter. Helicopters have been dropping 150,000 gallons of water per day on the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.


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