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UPDATE: Crews continue to battle, "Hell Roaring Fire" outside of Stanley

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UPDATE: Crews continue to battle, "Hell Roaring Fire" outside of Stanley

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Jul 4, 2014

STANLEY - HELL ROARING FIRE UPDATE

Hikers and other campers were evacuated from the backcountry yesterday as firefighters continue to battle the Hell Roaring Fire which started July 4, approximately 12 miles south of Stanley. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Several retardant drops on Friday helped keep the area burned to 130 acres of dead and down lodge pole pine.

The eastern flank of the fire saw minimal growth as the fire burned down - out of the timber and into grass and lighter fuels west of Highway 75.

In a release, Barbara Bassler, information officer for the Sawtooth National Forest, said today’s priority is to construct line on the west flank of the fire.

Hand crews on the ground will be supported by aerial resources, dropping water and retardant. Additional resources arrived overnight and a Type 1 helicopter is expected to arrive today.

Approximately 190 resources are committed to the effort including: 5 crews, 4 helicopters, 4 engines, and miscellaneous support personnel.

The vast majority of trails and recreational sites are open on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, with the exception of the 210 Road and the Hell Roaring Trail that are closed in the fire area.

Highway 75 is expected to remain open as the fire is no longer burning to the east. Minimal smoke settled in the valley overnight and has cleared.

Additional information is available on Inciweb.

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Original post: Fire growing outside of Stanley

A fast-moving wildfire is burning in heavy timber near Stanley, in the Sawtooth Recreation Area. The Hell Roaring Fire has already torched nearly 200 acres and is growing quickly. According to fire bosses, it's burning in an area littered with downed and dead lodgepole pine. Additional firefighting crews are being called-in.

Crews are battling it from the ground and the air, with at least three engines, four small air tankers and a larger plane to stop the blaze.  At last check it was zero percent contained.

Keep it on Today’s 6 and Fox9 On Your Side for the latest on this fire.


Video credit: Parker Barthlome