Environment
8:53 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Fire Update: Trinity Ridge Fire Has Potential For Significant Growth

A fire burning in the Boise National Forest has grown to 1300 acres and officials say it could grow quite large before it's contained. The Trinity Ridge fire is burning in remote Elmore County near Featherville. It started Friday and continues to burn largely unchecked. It's 0-percent contained.

Large air tankers flying out of the Boise airport made dozens of retardant drops on the fire over the weekend. It burned through some of those retardant lines Sunday. A spokesman with the Boise National Forest says a regional incident managment team is taking over the firefighting duties this morning. The terrain, available fuels and dry conditions give the fire the potential to make significant growth.

Another fire burning in a remote area - the Halstead Fire - has burned 23,000 acres northwest of Stanley. It's now at 1-percent containment.

Firefighter had success limiting the growth of the Grizzly fire burning near Cambridge, Idaho. At last estimate, that fire was at 850 acres and was 80-percent contained.

The Twin Falls office of the Bureau of Land Management reported four new fires yesterday. The largest of those is the East Hollister fire, estimated at 500 acres last night. It’s burning east of Hollister in Twin Falls County.