Five Wildfires To Watch In Idaho
Several fires are burning around the state. Here is a roundup of the five largest wildfires right now.
The Flat Top 2 Fire: Easily the biggest fire burning in Idaho right now. Flat Top has consumed 135,000 acres of grass and brush. It's burning ten miles north of Kimama, northeast of Twin Falls. The fire was sparked by lightning on August 5. Eighty-nine firefighters are on the blaze , which is 40 percent contained.
The Springs Fire: This fire has played havoc with drivers who rely on Highway 55 and 17. Both highways have been closed on and off since the fire started Sunday. Two-hundred forty firefighters are working the 3,100 acre fire. It’s burning between Banks and Garden Valley. This fire was human caused and is only 10-percent contained. Rafters on the South Fork Payette River are advised to use caution, as helicopters dip their buckets into the river to help fight the blaze.
The Trinity Ridge Fire: More than 400 firefighters are on the Trinity Ridge Fire. Burning ten miles northwest of Featherville, the fire has burned 23,000 acres. This fire has sparked the evacuation of residents and recreationists in Rocky Bar, Dutch Creek, and Swanholm. Access to Atlanta is limited to residents only. Fire officials have advised Atlanta residents with breathing problems to evacuate, because of the smoke. This fire was human caused and is only 8-percent contained.
The Minidoka Complex: One of the bigger fires at 32,000 acres. The complex is actually three fires: the Eight Mile, which has been contained, the Deer Hollow, and the large Cave Canyon Fire. Hundreds of firefighters are on the blaze, which is 10 percent contained. Two helicopters joined the fire today, adding to 15 engines and a DC-10. Wednesday the Cave Canyon Fire moved into primary sage grouse habitat.
The Halstead Fire: The fire continues to burn 18 miles northwest of Stanley. It’s grown to 34,000 acres. Nearly 400 firefighters are on the blaze. Aside from smoke, Highway 21, Stanley, and Challis are unaffected by the fire. The fire is burning conifer trees, including a large number of bug-killed lodgepole pine. It’s only 3 percent contained.
Copyright 2012 Boise State Public Radio