State, federal crews contain 25-acre wildfire west of Lucky Peak

July 4, 2014 

Boise National Forest officials provided this aerial view of the Lucky Peak Fire, which crews have been fighting all day Friday.

The Lucky Peak Fire consumed about 25 acres since it was reported about 9 a.m. Friday west of Lucky Peak Reservoir and about 15 miles northeast of Boise, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reports.

State and federal firefighting crews contained the blaze around 4 p.m. Crews will mop up throughout the evening to make sure all hot spots are extinguished, BLM reports.

Responding units include two 20-person crews and two engines from the Forest Service, one bulldozer and a fire investigator from the Bureau of Land Management and two engines from Idaho Department of Lands.

Two helicopters and single-engine airtankers were also deployed. The SEATs dropped six loads of retardant on the wildfire. The combination of all forces coming together was instrumental in quickly knocking down the fire.

Firefighting activity will be evident today on Idaho Highway 21 between High Bridge and Upper Lucky Peak Reservoir. Recreationists are urged to use caution in this area, but there is no expected impact from the fire on highway traffic or nearby Spring Shores Marina.

This fire activity so early in the long holiday weekend is a reminder that fire season is underway, BLM officials said. Dry conditions of the forest and other public lands are expected to continue and increase in intensity.

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