Update: Mile Marker 14 Fire 80 Percent Contained

Jul 19, 2016

Update, Thursday at 5:21 p.m.: Fire crews have reached 80 percent containment on the Mile Marker 14 fire.

Update, Thursday at 10:38 a.m.: The latest tweet from BLM Idaho shows progress is being made in containing the fire: 

Update, Wednesday at 5:50 p.m.: The BLM says crews made good progress Wednesday on the Mile Marker 14 Fire. The fire has burned 4,446 acres.

Firefighters hope lower temperatures tonight and higher humidity will help them improve fire lines on the north side of the fire. That's near Aldape Summit working north toward Lucky Peak Reservoir.

Three additional hotshot crews arrived earlier today. Another crew will arrive late this evening. So far, 195 people are fighting the fire.

Drivers are asked to use caution as they travel the Highway 21 corridor near the fire. Crews will be working in the area throughout the night.

Update, Wednesday at 4:05 p.m.: The Idaho Statesman reports Boise County has issued a warned to Robie Creek residents to be ready in the event evacuations are necessary. Should that happen, an emergency shelter would be set up by the Red Cross at Basin Elementary School in Idaho City.

County officials said pets and livestock could be taken to the Idaho City rodeo grounds and that owners should bring food and a water dish.

Updates will be posted on Boise County's website.

Update, Wednesday at 3:52 p.m.: BLM Idaho tweeted the fire is now 50 percent contained, thanks to the hard work of fire crews, both in the air and on the ground.

Update, Wednesday at 1:04 p.m.: Ada/Boise County Sheriff's Offices have closed Rocky Canyon and all trails east of Rocky Canon. Highway 21 remains open.

Earlier today, Ada County Sheriff tweeted a video of the Mile Marker 14 fire up against Highway 21 to show what conditions were like when they shut down the road yesterday:

Update, Wednesday at 8:56 a.m.: At 4,000 acres, the human-caused fire is still zero percent contained.

Fire spokesman Brandon Hampton says bolstering the lines is the key strategy ahead of temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees later in the day and likely accompanied by winds.

Idaho Power says about 2,500 customers are without power in the area due to destroyed power poles.

 

Update, Tuesday at 8:45 p.m.: The Ada County Sheriff’s Department has re-opened Highway 21, in a limited fashion, through the Mile Marker 14 Fire.

A pilot car is escorting five vehicles at a time through the fire area at Lucky Peak Reservoir. The BLM hopes to have the road fully open soon.

Fire officials say it’s still an active fire with heavy smoke, emergency vehicle traffic and low flying aircraft. They're asking people to avoid the area along Highway 21 if at all possible.

Update, Tuesday at 6:10 p.m.: The BLM reports the Mile Marker 14 Fire was human caused, and the specific cause is under investigation.

The fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres. Three outbuildings have burned and 10 are currently threatened.

Highway 21 is still closed east and west of Lucky Peak Reservoir.

Resources on the fire include 8 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 air tankers. It is zero percent contained.

Update, Tuesday at 3:35 p.m.: The BLM tweeted to ask Boise County residents to stay off Rocky Canyon Road.

From the KBSX studios planes can be seen circling over the Mile Marker 14 Fire. KBOI captured this video of a retardant drop near Highway 21:

Original post: A brush fire reported around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon has closed Highway 21 about one mile south of Hilltop Station east of Boise. According to a tweet from BLM Idaho, the Mile Marker 14 Fire is more than 1,000 acres and moving to the west.

BLM Idaho has confirmed that two structures have burned, though the type of structure has yet to be released. Fire officials don't know how many homes are threatened; no evacuations have been made yet.

Boise Fire Department is assisting, along with Boise National Forest crews and BLM Idaho. The fire is being fought primarily aerially with helicopters and retardant aircrafts making drops. Challenging terrain is making containment especially difficult as the fire spreads south. High temperatures, steep land and some wind are contributing to the growth of the fire.

As of 2:50 p.m., the fire is zero percent contained.

We’ll have updates online throughout the afternoon and evening and on-air updates during All Things Considered on KBSX 91.5 FM. 

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