As you drive toward Stanley on Idaho 21, you're surprised by the giant smoke cloud from the 3,700-acre wildfire burning in the nearby Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
If you stop at Capehorn near Marsh Creek, you can see flames torching the ridges above Beaver Creek. The massive cloud is engulfing the Capehorn area and can be seen from as far away as Stanley and also as you come down Idaho 21 from Beaver Creek Summit into Lowman.
I'm up here in Stanley to cover the fire, which is called the Halstead Fire. It's in one of my favorite camping areas near Lola Creek Campground, Marsh Creek and on the road to the Langer Lakes Trailhead.
It's not affecting the Bull Trout Lake area and I saw cars going into Bear Valley.
All the trails and campgrounds in the Stanley are open. The fire is only affecting a small area from Capehorn to Josephus Lake.
We'll have a larger story in the Idaho Statesman Wednesday morning and also online soon.
We'll keep you posted but recreation isn't being affected in the Stanley area.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman