Boise National Forest responds to 23 new lightning-caused fires over weekend; update on major fires

August 25, 2013 

Firefighters are working hard to protect Atlanta from the 16,200-acre Little Queens fire.

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The largest of the 23 new wildfires in the Boise National Forest this weekend was the 50-acre Grape Fire, about 10 miles northwest of Prairie, according to forest officials. That fire has been contained, and so have several others.

The haze from fires in other states has contributed to visibility issues for fire lookouts, so an aerial detection flight is planned Sunday.

“We are anticipating another busy day today, with the multiple new starts and the assignment of firefighting resources as quickly as possible,” Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest fire chief, said in a release Sunday. “Our depth of initial attack forces is good, but we are scrambling to dispatch them as these new fire reports come in.”

Some areas have received rainfall but that has offered little help in extinguishing the fires, fire officials say.

Here's an update on major fires:

The Little Queens fire near Atlanta has burned 16,212 acres since Aug. 17. The fire is just 2 percent contained. Atlanta remains under evacuation order. Neither residents, nor the public, are being allowed into the area.

Firefighters are finishing Sunday the second day of a burnout aimed at protecting Atlanta. A 1-mile control line has been created on the north side of Atlanta. Structure protection is in place, according to officials.

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The Beaver Creek fire near Hailey has burned 111,387 acres since Aug. 7. It is now 82 percent contained. Firefighters estimate it will be fully contained by Aug. 31.

All evacuations have been lifted. Area closures remain in place on U.S. Forest Service lands, but BLM closure lifted to south side of Croy Canyon.

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The Elk Complex fire near Pine has burned 131,258 acres since Aug. 8. The fire is 95 percent contained. Firefighter expected to have it fully contained by Aug. 31.

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