Idaho Fish and Game employees and local firefighters fended off a wildfire in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Monday evening which threatened the F&G salmon hatchery.
The fire started Monday afternoon about a mile north of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery near Stanley. As the fire approached the staff dormitory, hatchery crews and firefighters mobilized to protect the dormitory, using a trash pump to water down the area. The Stanley Fire Department was on the hatchery site Monday night for support and structure protection.
The fire moved past the dormitory, burning a stand of trees between the dorm and the nearest residences on the site.
Firefighting helicopters equipped with water buckets dipped water out of the Salmon River near the hatchery weir making several drops near one of the residences. The water drops stopped the fire within about 50 feet of the residence.
Resident staffers were evacuated and hatchery crews prepared for an immediate evacuation of surrounding residences. Containment efforts were successful, and the evacuation orders were lifted by early evening; residents have been allowed back into dormitory housing.
OTHER FIRE NEWS:
The Pine Creek fire above Boise is 90% contained at 2800 acres. The Summit fire is 93% contained at about 300 acres north of Lowman.
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