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Areas of Lucky Peak restricted Thursday to help helicopters fight fire

Watch a helicopter scoop water out of Lucky Peak

Copters pulled water from Boise's Lucky Peak Reservoir Wednesday, July 20, 2016, as part of efforts to battle the Mile Marker 14 Fire. (Video by Katy Moeller)
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Copters pulled water from Boise's Lucky Peak Reservoir Wednesday, July 20, 2016, as part of efforts to battle the Mile Marker 14 Fire. (Video by Katy Moeller)

Some areas of Lucky Peak will be closed to boaters and swimmers Thursday to make it easier and safer for firefighting helicopters to dip water out of the reservoir.

The Robie Creek boat launch, the Mores Creek Arm of Lucky Peak and several boat-in camping areas will be temporarily off-limits to visitors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to accommodate helicopter water-bucket operations fighting the nearby Mile Marker 14 Fire, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The restrictions were requested by fire managers.

At the request of fire incident managers, swimmers and all vessels are tempmorarily restricted from the area. Corps of Engineers staff evacuated several boat-in camping areas Wednesday to ensure visitors could leave the helicopter operating area before the Robie boat launch is closed.

Three structures have been destroyed and due to shifting winds, 10 structures are threatened Tuesday evening by the human-caused fire. The fire is burning on both sides of the Idaho 21 highway, which closed east and west of Lucky Peak Reservoir. A

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