Lightning has caused nine new fires this weekend in the Emmett and Idaho City Ranger Districts.
Fires this early in the season are primarily due to a combination of factors; the lack of snow pack, the above average temperatures, lack of spring rain and recent thunderstorm activity have contributed to the ignitions. said Linda Steinhaus Boise National Forest Public Affairs.
Firefighters, including smokejumpers from McCall and a helicopter are fighting the fires. The fires are expected to be under control some time Saturday.
Continued hot temperatures are predicted for Sunday and Monday. Firefighters and aerial patrols will monitor the fire sites for additional blazes.
No structures are threatened, said Steinhaus.