New fires spotted in Idaho

July 6, 2013 

The U.S. Forest Service responded today to three fires burning in and around the Payette National Forest.

The largest of the three fires, the Weiser River Fire, is located northwest of Council, near Fruitvale, and had consumed 60 acres by mid-evening. It is burning on private lands and on federal Bureau of Land Management range land that the Forest Service protects from fire.

The second is near Steck Park, at the southern edge of Brownlee Reservoir, 20 miles northwest of Weiser. The Weiser Fire Department is responding to the fire and will determine whether additional assistance is needed, said Brian Harris, spokesman for the Payette National Forest.

A third fire was reported in the Frank Church Wilderness, near Cold Meadows in Idaho County. The Forest Service was still evaluating that fire through the use of an airplane and did not have any further details.

The Owyhee fire near Adrian, Ore., was listed at 95 percent contained this evening. The lightning- sparked fire that began Monday consumed 46,501 acres. Crews are continuing to patrol for hot spots and mop up.

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