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Fire Managers Nearing Containment On Most Lightning-Caused Wildfires North Of Boise
This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. July 25, 2014.
Fire officials say they've nearly contained all 27 of Wednesday's lightning-caused wildfires on the Boise National Forest and state lands north of Boise.
The Mack Fire is still the largest, now estimated at 270 acres. It's now 10 percent contained.
This post was updated at 10:25 a.m. July 24, 2014.
A Boise National Forest spokesman says 14 of 27 lightning-caused fires burning on federal and state lands north of Boise are now contained.
Most of the fires were small, at less than an acre. The largest is the Mack Fire, which has grown to 300 acres and is burning 14 miles northeast of Boise.
Spokesman David Olson says 15 homes are within half a mile from that fire. No evacuation orders have been issued.
This story was updated at 3:00 p.m. on July 23.
A Boise National Forest spokesman says 23 new fires are now confirmed in the area.
An overnight lightning storm sparked the new wildfires, and more could still be discovered.
In a press release, spokesman David Olson says reports of fires have been streaming into the Interagency Dispatch Center all day.
Most of the fires are small, less than an acre, but they are becoming more active.
"The fires are scattered throughout the Forest, including the Emmett, Idaho City, Mountain Home, and Lowman Ranger Districts," Olson writes in the press release. "To date, the Cascade Ranger District has not reported any new fires, but they did receive lightning last night. As one of the dispatchers reported the map showing the fire looks like a shotgun peppered target."
This story was first posted at 10:15 a.m. July 23.
Officials with the Boise National Forest say there are 11 new fires burning Wednesday morning following widespread lightning overnight.
Spokesman David Olson says the fires are each smaller than half an acre and crews are being dispatched to put them out.
He says overnight rain that dampened the area will hold the fires in the morning, but they'll become more active as the day heats up.
Fire lookouts spotted the new fires, and Olson says more fires will likely be reported during the day.