More New Lightning Caused Fires Start on Boise National Forest Wednesday


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – Twelve new lightning caused fires have now been reported and all were fought across the Boise National Forest late Wednesday. The vigorous lightning storms late Tuesday scattered new fires across the central portion of the Boise National Forest with over 4000 lightning strikes reported in SW Idaho.

Lightning “holdover” fires were anticipated, and as the day warmed, the new fires were spotted. “Holdover” fires occur after a lightning strike ignites fuel that may smolder for at times days before breaking out into flames.

The largest fire is the Ridge Fire, located about 15 miles north of Lowman near Red Mountain. It has grown to over 400 acres and has burned aggressively all day. Due to firefighter safety the fire crew from the Centennial Job Corps Center was pulled off the fire this morning. A Type 2 Great Basin Incident Management Team will assume management Friday morning. Even with a very strong initial attack by air tankers, helicopters and a hand crew the very dry fuels and extensive dead timber created conditions that resisted containment. Additional fire resources will be in the coming days. It is burning in remote country.

The 60 acre Summit Fire is about 14 miles northeast of Idaho City and 4 miles north of Pilot Peak. This fire, within the Boise National Forest, is being managed by the Idaho Department of Lands and nearly 200 firefighters are involved with the fire. It is burning in fuel that creates spot fires easily, and is proving difficult to contain.

Six of the fires have now been contained, all under 1 acre in size. Three others are anticipated to be contained by tomorrow.

Smoke jumpers and helicopter rapplers were used to staff some of these fires. None of the fires with the exception of the 1.5 acre Easley Fire near Terrace Lakes residential area north of Crouch threatened any structures.

Both fire lookouts and aerial detection are continuing to search and locate any further new fires quickly.

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