New Fires Reported On The Boise National Forest
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Last night’s thunderstorm ignited 13 new fires on the Boise National Forest, 6 of which are staffed. One has already been contained. At the time reported, the fires ranged in size from a tenth of an acre to one acre. Reports of new fire starts are still coming in this morning. The Bureau of Land Management is working 8 new lightning starts today. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the area until noon due to abundant lightning associated with the tail end of the storm. Although Boise received rainfall, the Little Queens Fire did not get any rain with this storm.
The Little Queens Fire is 3 miles northwest of Atlanta. It is approximately 12,787 acres with 0% containment. The fire has crossed the Queens River and is established in China Basin. It has nearly reached the top of Graylock Mountain. Although the thunderstorm provided no rain, it is expected to increase humidity levels and decrease temperatures which should aid firefighters. Crews today will prep the north edge of Atlanta for a possible burnout. Structure protection is in place in the community. A morning smoke inversion is predicted to lift around noon today.
There is a Mandatory Evacuation in effect for Atlanta. Although some residents have chosen to remain, the area is closed to the public.
A Closure Order has been implemented on portions of the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests due to the rapid movement of the Little Queens Fire. The closed area within the Boise National Forest is generally bounded by the Middle Fork Boise River Road (Forest Road 268) and Swanholm Road junction (Forest Road 327), then north on the Swanholm Road to Trail 057, then east to Forest Road 312 until it meets the Sawtooth Wilderness Boundary, and then south along the Wilderness boundary to the Boise/Sawtooth National Forest boundary and then west along the Mountain Home and Idaho City Ranger Districts boundary to Phifer Creek Road and then north until the junction of the Middle Fork Boise River Road. Elmore County has closed the James Creek Road and Phifer Creek Road from Rocky Bar north.
A Closure Order remains in place in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complexes. With the exception of Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads, all county roads and most forest roads within the Pine-Featherville area are open. However, the public cannot walk, drive or recreate on National Forest lands within the area closure. Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads remain open to residents only. The Trinity Lakes Recreation Area will remain closed due to its proximity with the Elk Complex. The South Fork Boise River is not accessible via Forest Service lands or facilities. The road is open, however the area adjacent is not due to safety concerns.
The Stratton Trail (#010) on the Emmett and Lowman Ranger Districts is closed in the vicinity of the North Fork Fire.