Boise National Forest Watching For Lightning Storms Today


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Boise National Forest officials say they are keeping an eye toward the sky as the prediction is for lightning strikes today. The Watch is predicted to continue through tomorrow evening. Four new fires were discovered yesterday on the forest, three were lightning-caused in the Scott Mountain area, and another south of Idaho City was human-caused. The Scott Mountain fires have been contained due to successful initial attack. The fourth fire remains small and is staffed.

Meanwhile, the Little Queens Fire burning in the Boise National Forest near Atlanta, Idaho has scorched 23,273 acres and is 15-percent contained. Burnout operations will continue today as long as conditions allow. Crews are making good progress in the southwest corner of the fire, tying in a line from Eagle Creek to the 2003 Hot Creek burn. A spot fire in the southeast corner in Snowslide Creek below Graylock Mountain was hit with helicopter drops yesterday and is now smoldering. Two structure protection engines were released yesterday and the remaining three will be released today. Hoses are being removed as the threat to Atlanta diminishes.

The fire has a 20% chance of wetting rain today and 40% chance tomorrow, with lightning also expected.

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