Fire crews’ effort and favorable terrain stopped the Gardena Fire’s spread overnight, the Idaho Department of Lands reported Monday morning.
The fire is now estimated at 190 acres; authorities plan to confirm its size through better mapping Monday. It started Sunday about a half mile north of Gardena, between mile markers 66 and 68 along Idaho 55. Its cause is under investigation.
The flames at one point threatened a structure and for a while Sunday evening, closed the highway in both directions. But accessible terrain and natural barriers such as green farm fields helped keep it from spreading farther, the Department of Lands reports.
IDL, Horseshoe Bend Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management all responded to the fire. Air tankers were also requested for the fire, but later dismissed.
Several resources are expected to leave the scene by noon Monday, with two hand crews and two engines remaining, according to the Department of Lands’ Monday update.
Fire conditions are expected to only worsen Monday, with the National Weather Service putting out a red flag warning for much of Southwest Idaho due to thunderstorms.