Wildfire Near Murphy Burns Nearly 9,000 Acres

Jun 14, 2012

3:57 PM Update:  A spokeswoman for the Boise District Bureau of Land Management says they hope to contain the Con Shea wildfire near Murphy by noon Friday.

“Things for the most part are looking really good right now,” according to Mallory Eils. 

Two hundred firefighters with equipment that includes rigs, bulldozers, air tankers, and helicopters are out controlling the blaze.

10:30 AM:  The Con Shea wildfire started overnight 4 miles north of Murphy.  Since then it’s grown to nearly 10,000 acres. 

More than 150 firefighters are on the ground now including nine engines and bulldozers.  Brandon Hampton is with the Boise Bureau of Land Management.  He says two air tankers and two helicopters are providing support.  "We’ve had a little bit cooler temperatures and we’ve got an abundance of aviation resources that are really helping knock the fire down."

Hampton says no homes or structures are threatened.  Crews were able to direct the fire away from populated areas last night.   

The National Interagency Fire Service predicted earlier this year that Southwestern Idaho would be at an “above-normal” risk of wildfires this season.  That’s due to dry grasslands from previous years.  No word yet on the cause of this fire. 

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