Containment Reached for Several Lightning Caused Fires on Boise National Forest


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – Progress is being made to contain the now thirteen new lightning caused fires from Tuesday storms across the Boise National Forest with 7 contained by yesterday evening.

Anticipated lightning “holdover” fires did occur, with 5 new fires reported on Wednesday. “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 burned aggressively on Wednesday. Due to firefighter safety the fire crew from the Centennial Job Corps Center was pulled off the fire Wednesday 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. 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. Nearly 200 firefighters are involved with the fire. It is burning in fuel that creates spot fires easily, and is proving difficult to contain.

The 7 contained fires were generally less than 2 acres in size and a strong coordinated initial attack effort proved to be successful. Smoke jumpers, helicopter rapplers, fire crew modules, and engines were used to staff these fires. None of the fires with the exception of the 1.5 acre Easley Fire near Terrace Lakes subdivision north of Crouch threatened any structures.

Both fire lookouts and aerial detection are continuing to search for any new fires.
With the dry forest conditions, fire officials continue to emphasize the importance of citizens being very careful with fire.

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