Lightning-sparked wildfires in Southwest Idaho grow

More than 30 lightning strikes early Tuesday sparked at least four wildfires in the Boise National Forest.

The largest fire, about 150 acres, is the the Grape fire northwest of Prairie. A crew of 16 smokejumpers worked on it Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s been a difficult fire to knock down due to it being on steep terrain, said David Seesholtz, spokesman for the Boise National Forest.

The Grayback fire, burning approximately 15 to 20 acres south of Idaho City near Shaw Creek, isn’t contained, but crews formed a hand line around it, Seesholtz said.

The Mores fire near Pilot Peak, west of Idaho 21 between Idaho City and Lowman, is burning 66 acres and will likely take days to contain, he said.

The Eldorado fire, about three miles north of Idaho City, measured less than one-tenth of an acre Tuesday and has been largely contained.

“We are anticipating a busy day today and likely tomorrow, with the multiple new starts thus we have ordered additional crews and fire engines to support these fires and any new starts,” said Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest fire chief, in a news release on Tuesday. “Much of southwestern Idaho is likely to experience high winds and possible lightning over the next couple of days.”