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Pine Creek Fire At 1,200 Acres

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The pine Creek fire in Boise County is now estimated at 1,200 acres in size and 10-percent contained. Firefighters are continuing to burn out fuels along Wildcat Gulch Road, progressing in a southern direction from higher elevation downward. Firefighters also are burning out the area along Grimes Creek Road in the same direction.

Grimes Creek Road is closed at Highway 21 because of the burnout efforts and because of dangers from rolling rocks and falling snags and logs, but fire managers will make every effort to open the road as soon as it is safe to do so. The objective is to tie the two burnout operations together.

Heavy smoke in the area earlier this morning limited aircraft use for suppression efforts, but by early afternoon smoke had cleared enough that air tankers and helicopters could work on water drops.

No structures are threatened.

Approximately 260 fire personnel are working to suppress the fire, including 9 20-person hand crews, 9 engines, and one dozer, plus air support.

The Great Basin Type 2 (regional) Incident Management Team will be arriving in Boise today and will assume command of the fire Wednesday morning.

The Pine Creek Fire started Monday at about 3 p.m. 3 miles north of Highway 21 off Grimes Creek Road in the vicinity of Pine Creek Road. It is burning east from Grimes Creek Road and crossed Casner Mountain late Monday in the Warm Springs Ridge area on the Boise National Forest.

Travelers along Highway 21 in the vicinity of the fire are still asked to use caution as smoke may be heavy on the highway at times. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be human caused.

Firefighters from the Clear Creek, Valley of the Pines, Wilderness Ranch, and Idaho City volunteer fire departments, along with resources and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) are assisting on the fire under the management of Incident Commander Dennis Conrad. The fire is in the IDL Southwest Forest Protective District.


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