Lightning sparks new fires in Payette National Forest

August 24, 2013 

— The largest of seven fires ignited by thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday, the Grade Fire six miles southeast of Brownlee Dam, has grown to 100 acres. Bulldozers are being used to create a fire line around the blaze. Ground crews and aerial attacks are also being employed.

Containment of the fire, which is burning in the Weiser Ranger District, is not expected for several days.

Four small fires in the Council Ranger District have been contained. The Goodrich and Orchard fires west of Council, the Horse Flats Fire northwest of Council and the Steve's Creek Fire near the Bear Guard Station each burned less than a quarter-acre of land.

A reported fire 15 miles northwest of Council, near Lafferty Flats, was determined to be an illegal campfire outside a designated area because of fire restrictions that have been imposed.

The Anchor Fire in the McCall Ranger District, three miles east of Carrey Dome, also burned about a quarter-acre before it was contained.

The Jungle Fire in the Krassel Ranger District, six miles northeast of Lick Creek Summit, has burned three acres. That fire is not being actively fought, but officials are monitoring it.

Burned areas from previous fires will limit its growth in the north and east.

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