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Lightning-sparked fires burn 16,000 Valley acres; cause of fires near Firebird uncertain

Boise looks to homeowners to fight fire, invasive species in the Foothills

Some homeowners have been doing this already around property on what’s known as the wildland-urban interface — the boundary between developed and undeveloped land — even though it’s illegal. Brett Hutcheson was once one of them, now Boise Parks an
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Some homeowners have been doing this already around property on what’s known as the wildland-urban interface — the boundary between developed and undeveloped land — even though it’s illegal. Brett Hutcheson was once one of them, now Boise Parks an

Monday evening’s lightning storms sparked 17 wildfires that consumed more than 16,000 acres, keeping Bureau of Land Management and other crews busy but not destroying any structures.

Crews are continuing suppression efforts Tuesday, the BLM reported about 4:45 p.m. All of the fires were expected to be contained by Wednesday evening at the latest.

Most of the fires, ranging in size from 5 acres to 4,000 acres, were within about 15 miles of Mountain Home. The largest fire, the Yeti northwest of Grand View, burned 3,800 acres, then expanded to 4,000 acres by consuming the adjacent Bigfoot Fire, BLM fire information officer Jared Jablonski said. All but one were reportedly started by lightning.

An Ada County fire off Idaho 16 near Firebird Raceway, called the Grand Fire, consumed an estimated 20 acres, according to the BLM news release. That fire’s size was estimated at 100 acres Monday night but has since been reassessed, Jablonski said.

A separate fire south of Firebird and north of Star was fought by multiple agencies and was 90 percent contained by late Monday night. The Bugle Boy fire burned an estimated 200 acres.

The cause of both fires near the Firebird Raceway — Bugle Boy and the Grand Fire — remain under investigation.

Here’s the status of the BLM’s active fires in Southwest Idaho Tuesday.

Amid the battle against wildfires, the Idaho Transportation Department temporarily closed a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 84 on Tuesday in both directions, between the Interstate 86 junction and the Utah border, due to a wildfire burning in southeastern Cassia and southwestern Oneida counties.

Yeti Fire

▪ Approximately 11 miles northwest of Grand View

▪ Approximately 3,800 acres

Bigfoot Fire

▪ Approximately 12 miles northwest of Grand View

▪ Approximately 200 acres, consumed by the Yeti Fire

Lock Fire

▪ Approximately 6 miles northwest of Mountain Home

▪ Approximately 1,500 acres

Breeze Fire

▪ Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home

▪ 1,833 acres

Rattle Fire

▪ Approximately 11 miles south of Mountain Home

▪ Approximately 200-plus acres

Sim Fire

▪ Approximately 7 miles northwest of the Mountain Home Air Force Base

▪ Approximately 200-plus acres

Chalk Flat Fire

▪ Approximately 5 miles northwest of Hammett

▪ 299 acres

Beet Dump Fire

▪ Approximately 2 miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base

▪ Approximately more than 4,000 acres

Grand Fire

▪ Approximately 3 miles north of Firebird Raceway

▪ Approximately 20 acres

Dry Fire

▪ Approximately 16 miles north of Mountain Home

▪ Approximately 5 acres

Rattle 2 Fire

▪ Approximately 12 miles south of Mountain Home

▪ Approximately 450-plus acres

Ditto Fire

▪ Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home

▪ Approximately 2,561 acres

Monday’s heat is expected to ease in the next few days as a cold front on the heels of the afternoon and evening thunderstorms, knocking high temperatures down to the 80s in the next few days. Highs are expected to climb back into the 90s by the weekend.

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