“The Hell Roaring Fire and other early-season, human-caused fires demonstrate that forests and rangelands in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin are exceptionally dry and prone to easy ignition,” reads the final update on the interagency fire news site, InciWeb, on the fire that started Friday, July 4, about 12 miles south of Stanley. “Even the smallest spark can start a fire that can spread rapidly in the hot and dry conditions.”
The Hell Roaring Fire was 100 percent contained by Tuesday morning after burning a total of 325 acres on the west side of state Highway 75 north of Pettit Lake. Firefighting agencies coordinated an aggressive response because the fire was burning in forest with a significant amount of dead and fallen timber, near structures and recreational sites.
Highway 75 is open, as are the majority of trails, campgrounds and recreation sites on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, including those at Redfish, Stanley, Alturas and Pettit lakes.
The area closure implemented during the Hell Roaring Fire remains in effect on the western side of Highway 75, directly across from the Williams Creek Trailhead, which includes the Hell Roaring Trail and the southern portion of Forest Road 210 from Hell Roaring through Decker Flat.
“Today (Tuesday), firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter,” the report said. “Crews will also work on completing mop-up and rehabilitation of fire lines put in during the suppression effort. Personnel and equipment are being released to be available for other incidents.”
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