New fires sparked by storm that hit southwestern Idaho

August 23, 2013 

— Thursday evening's thunderstorm caused several fires in southern Idaho. Quick response by fire crews kept most of the blazes relatively small.

The Shoo Fly Fire is burning 23 miles southwest of Grandview and last night had consumed 100 acres. Containment was expected overnight, with control estimated at 8 p.m. today.

The Chance Fire is burning in the Owyhee River Wilderness 60 miles south of Jordan Valley, just north of the Nevada border. It had consumed 150 acres and was being handled by six smokejumpers due to its remote location.

The Cow Fire ignited just east of the Idaho-Oregon border south of Jordon Valley and was estimated at 25 acres. Two engines from the Vale Bureau of Land Management office were working the fire with assistance from the Owyhee Rural Fire Protection Association.

The Orchard fire east of Boise was burning 10 miles south of Interstate 84. Two BLM engines and resources from the Orchard military training range responded to the fire, which burned about 20 acres. Forward movement of the fire has been stopped.

The Rough Fire was detected just south of Juniper Mountain, near the Oregon border in far southwestern Idaho. The fire was small and was being handled by two smokejumpers.

The Swan Fire ignited along Swan Falls Road, about three miles from Swan Falls Dam outside Murphy. It grew to 64 acres before reaching roads and burning out.

A continuing fire, the Juni Fire located 32 miles south of Jordan Valley has consumed 2,226 acres and was reported at 40 percent contained. Burnouts along Juniper Mountain and Mud Flat roads were completed Wednesday.

Fire crews are now focusing on securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots. Full containment is expected today.

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