Friday Fires Threaten Structures, Keep SW Idaho Fire Crews Busy

Aug 3, 2012

It’s been a busy afternoon and evening for firefighters in southwestern Idaho.  Several new fires have threatened structures in the region.  It’s not clear if any have actually burned.

A brush fire has spread quickly near Pole Gulch north of Blacks Creek southeast of Boise. It started late this afternoon and is burning grass and sage.  The Bureau of Land Management says it has ordered two 20-person crews to the site, as well as four engines, two dozers and aerial support.  The fire is south of Lucky Peak.  At 7:30 PM, the BLM estimated the size of the Pole Fire to be 700 acres. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the Clover Fire ignited near Blacks Creek Reservoir.  Wind spread that fire quickly, which was estimated at 50 acres at one point.  The BLM says it threatened structures before firefighters were able to knock down its active flames.  Full containment on that fire is scheduled for 10 PM Friday.

Residents of an area in Washington County were evacuated Friday afternoon after a rapidly spreading fire started six miles north of Cambridge.  Firefighters from the Payette National Forest responded.  One estimate on the Grizzly Fire’s size was 150 acres two hours after it was first reported.  The fire is burning grass and sagebrush.  The Forest Service says 20 structures were threatened. 

Officials with the Boise National Forest say a new fire began Friday afternoon about 11 miles northwest of Featherville in Elmore County.  The Trinity Ridge Fire was burning in heavy timber.  At least five aircraft responded to that fire, including two helicopters equipped with water buckets.  Initial reports are that a vehicle fire is to blame.