Mike McMillan / inciweb.gov

Update Monday at 8:02 a.m.: An evacuation notice for  the town of Lowman that was downgraded yesterday has been raised back up.

The Boise County Sheriff yesterday evening re-implemented a level two evacuation for Lowman after having lowered it to a level one one earlier in the day. Level two is still a voluntary evacuation. The heightened alert comes after winds pushed the Pioneer fire further north.

Ridge Fire Near Lowman Could Burn For Weeks

Jul 19, 2013
Dave Olson / Boise National Forest

Those managing the fight against a fire burning in the Boise National Forest near Lowman say the fire could burn for weeks. 

Lightning started the Ridge Fire Tuesday evening about 15 miles north of Lowman. It’s estimated to have burned nearly 900 acres. But Boise National Forest spokesman Dave Olson says that number is expected to increase quickly.

“We’re anticipating that acreages are doubling each day,” Olson says. "So if conditions continue as they are, I think we could see increases in acreages fairly substantially each day into the future.”

Boise National Forest

Updated: 5:45 p.m. August 7, 2012 

Highway 55 north of Banks is closed this afternoon. Rock fall caused by the Springs Fire has shut down a section of that highway from milepost 79 to milepost 82.  "The fire has reached the highway in a few locations," said David Olson with the Boise National Forest in an Idaho Transportation Department press release. " Due to the high risk of rocks hitting vehicles, the highway was closed at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon."