Two hundred boy scouts had to cut their camping trip short Monday and another 200 won’t be able to go at all. That’s because of a fire burning near the Bradley Boy Scout camp in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
The Halstead Fire is 15 miles north of Stanley and has burned 60 acres so far. Forest Service officials say it’s too dangerous for firefighters to fight on the ground because of fallen and dead trees. Ninety-two people are currently fighting the blaze from a distance, working to clear fire fuels and protect nearby campsites. A helicopter is also being used.
Lightening caused the fire. So far the blaze hasn't been contained. Beaver Creek and Lola Creek campgrounds are also closed.
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