Scenes From A Wildfire: Springs Fire Gives Glimpse Into Firefighter's Life

Aug 14, 2012

Crews have made progress on the Springs Fire burning five miles west of Garden Valley.  The fire’s price tag is now at $4.1 million, and climbing. 

Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson says crews today will concentrate on protecting the Terrace Lakes Subdivision, which is three miles from the fire.  Windy conditions, including gusts up to 22mph could mean problems for firefighters.   

The fire started two weeks ago and has burned 6070 acres.  It’s 65-percent contained.  Olson says crews hope to fully contain the fire by Monday.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The fire closed roads for a time, including Highway 55 and the Banks to Lowman Road.  The fire loosens the soil, dislodging rocks and trees that roll onto the highway,  like what you'll see in the video below.   

Both roads are open now, but the Idaho Transportation Department urges drivers to be cautious, especially on Highway 55. 

This week, Boise County created an evacuation notification line (208-462-0552) that residents can call.  No one has been evacuated yet, but several homes did get visits from fire officials, warning them of the possibility.  Residents have been told to gather valuables and be ready to get out at a moment’s notice.

An information station  has been set up at the Terrace Lakes maintenance shop, across from the golf course.  Olson says a couple hundred people drop by each day for updates on the blaze.

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