UPDATE: Fire Near Stanley Forces Trail Closures
UPDATE 8/16: fire officials say the blaze grew to 44 acres while burning along the Alpine Lake ridge. The fire is burning through fir and dead vegetation. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is now in charge of fire operations due to its growth. More hotshot crews and helicopter crews have been added. Fire officials have reminded people to not fly their drones in the area. There is a concern for the safety of crews because of the stee and rugged area of the fire. The Iron Creek Trailhead remains closed along with the 640 and 478 trails.
STANLEY, Idaho (KLIX)-A fire burning near a popular recreation area near Stanley has forced several trail closures as firefighters work to get it under control. According to the U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest, the Alpine Lake Fire started at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and has burned roughly 10 acres near Alpine Lake, about six miles south of Stanley. Forest officials say it is burning in sub-alpine fir. The fire forced the closure of Iron Creek Trailhead that accesses Sawtooth Lake, Goat Lake, and Alpine Lake. The public has been asked to avoid the Iron Creek area while crews fight the blaze. Several helicopters, a hotshot crew, and fire engines are working to bring the fire under control.