Outdoors

Wildfire near Stanley expected to be contained Friday

Crews expect to contain the Gold Fire, burning 10 miles south of Stanley, by Friday evening (June 6) and have it under control by Monday evening (June 9), the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday morning.

The fire grew from 60 acres early Wednesday to 80 acres, according to the agency's update Thursday morning. The Gold Fire is burning in an area off Idaho 75 that is covered with downed and dead lodgepole pines. Three helicopters, three Hotshot crews, six engines and two water tenders are working the fire.

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area has closed Forest Service Road 210 (Decker Flat) to all traffic because of fire activity. The road leads to some trailheads in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

The fire started June 3; its cause is under investigation. 

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