Fire near Redfish Lake is 95 percent contained

July 25, 2013 

Smoke, helicopters and water all occupied the Sawtooth Valley sky Tuesday, with firefighters targeting the 210 Road Fire near Redfish Lake and Stanley. Some structures were threatened but as of nightfall had not burned.

ED GLAZAR — For the Times-News

The 210 Road Fire near Redfish Lake is 95 percent contained as of this morning, a Sawtooth National Forest ranger said Thursday morning. The Redfish Lodge and area campsites are all slated to open Thursday at noon. Highway 75 is open as well.

Deputy Ranger Barbara Garcia said that 275 personnel were still onsite to make sure the fire didn’t pick up again.

Beetle-killed trees and gusty winds predicted for Wednesday could still cause problems for firefighters, she said.

Yesterday, firefighters worked to to protect structures and mop up hotspots. No structures were lost, Garcia said.

Electricity is back on in the Sawtooth Valley for all but a few rural cabins in the Buckhorn subdivision, she said.

The Buckhorn subdivision is still evacuated, and Forest Road 210, which surrounds the fire, remains closed.

As tourists and campers return to the area, she urged them not to impede firefighters work, asking people to go straight to the lodge or campsites instead of lining up along the road.

Vacationers should slow down on the roads and avoid going in and out of the complex as much as possible, she said.

The 210 Road Fire started Monday afternoon five miles south of Stanley.

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