Firefighters have made progress on the Shirts Fire, which is still actively burning on its southern edge along Mill Creek, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported midday Tuesday.
The fire is expected to be contained by 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Lightning ignited the fire in a remote area near Midvale and Cambridge on Monday. It’s burning in grass and sage, with no structures endangered.
As ground crews continue to build a fire line along the creek Tuesday, three helicopters will help them with bucket drops, the BLM said. Resources still on scene include five engines, four dozers, three hand crews and two water tenders.
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• Lightning Monday night started a 73-acre fire about 6 miles southwest of Grandview. The West Jen fire was reported at 9 p.m., according to the BLM. Two engines, one dozer and a water tender contained it at 3 a.m. Tuesday. The fire is expected to be fully controlled Tuesday evening.
• The Gardena Fire, which broke out north of Gardena Sunday evening, was fully contained Monday evening, the Idaho Department of Lands reports.
The fire, which burned more than 200 acres and briefly closed a portion of Idaho 55 Sunday, will enter “monitor” status, and firefighters will check for hot spots over the next several days. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department, BLM and U.S. Forest Service helped the Department of Lands manage the fire.
• Firefighting agencies are conducting a flight Tuesday to check for any undiscovered fire starts in areas where lightning strikes were recorded Monday night. More thunderstorms and continued hot, dry weather are forecast this week; officials ask that anyone out recreating take extra care to prevent igniting a fire.
“Things like checking your safety chains to make sure they are not dragging, shooting in areas free from vegetation, and stirring your campfire with water, making sure it’s cool to the touch before leaving, will help us decrease the number of human-caused fires allowing fire resources to focus on potential lightning ignitions,” said Lance Okeson, BLM Boise District fuels program coordinator, in a news release.