Update on five wildfires burning in Idaho

July 21, 2013 

The Pine Creek Fire is burning northeast of Boise. It has consumed nearly 3,000 acres since it started July 15. The cause is under investigation.


Ten wildfires are burning in Idaho, according to federal officials. Here is an update on five of them:

- The 3,060-acre Ridge fire is burning about 15 miles north of Lowman. On Sunday, crews were trying to construct a secure line along the western edge of the lightning-caused fire, which began July 16. About 318 personnel are assigned to the fire, which is about 7 percent contained. Find out more about the Ridge Fire here.

- The 2,797-acre Pine Creek fire, about 15 miles northeast of Boise. About 455 firefighters are attacking the blaze, now considered 80 percent contained. Grimes Creek Road is fully opened, but the area closure remains in effect. Camping is not permitted in public lands west of Grimes Creek Road and north of Pine Creek, although the lands themselves are open for daylight uses. The cause of the fire, which began July 15, remains under investigation. Find out more about the Pine Creek fire here.

- The 6,124-acre Papoose fire, burning about 40 miles west of Salmon, has consumed 6,124 acres. The lightning-caused fire has been burning since July 8. The fire was active Sunday, particularly on the southern end in Wall Creek. Four trail closures on the Salmon-Challis National Forest North Ranger District were announced Sunday. Here's a link to information on which trails are closed. Firefighters are traveling the Middle Fork Salmon River corridor by boat to check campsites between Big Creek and Goat Creek. here.

Two new fires over the weekend were:

- The 60-acre Bradley fire, discovered about 4 p.m. Saturday 15 miles northwest of Stanley, forced the evacuation of about 25 people from the Bradley Boy Scout Camp and 75 from Beaver Creek Campground. About 55 people are working the fire. No containment percentage given Sunday. Find out more about the Bradley fire here.

- The 650-acre Lodgepole fire, burning about 10 miles west of Challis, was discovered about noon Saturday and forced an unknown number of people to leave the Mosquito Flat Campground. No injuries or damage to buildings have been reported. About 111 people are working the blaze, which is 2 percent contained. A Type 2 Team took over management of the fire late Sunday afternoon. Find out more about the Lodgepole fire here.

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