Stanley officials work to protect town from wildfires

Ben Forsgren knows what catastrophic wildfire looks like.

The owner of Jerry's Country Store watched as winds sent 200-foot flames through the crowns of beetle-killed lodgepole pine last August during the 182,000-acre Halstead Fire, which burned to within three miles of his store in Lower Stanley.

The fire that burned from July to October closed campgrounds, shut down Idaho 75 briefly and put a damper on Stanley's short summer tourism season.