Boise National Forest fires winding down

A fire sparked by lightning strikes in the Boise National Forest Wednesday night was contained Thursday afternoon, forest officials report.

An aerial plane identified the blaze, dubbed Ninemile, Thursday burning heavy timber about two miles south of Deadwood Reservoir. But, it was contained to just more than a quarter acre, officials said.

Three wildfires previously sparked by lightning in and around the Boise National Forest are starting to wind down, according to a news release.

The 12-acre Grayback Fire south of Idaho City had been the top priority Wednesday but saw very little fire activity Thursday and was contained, officials said. Crews are just mopping up remaining hot spots.

The Mores Fire near Pilot Peak is still estimated at 66 acres and now has a fire line around it. It saw minimal activity Thursday night, officials said. Pilot Peak Road is closed from the junction of Idaho 21 to Colter Summit and Bear Run Road remains closed from the junction of Forest trail 680 to Pilot Peak Road. Forest trail 690 is also closed.

The Grape Fire held at 230 acres and saw minimal fire activity overnight, officials said. It’s burning in steep terrain south of Arrowrock Reservoir. It’s surrounded by a hand crew or fire retardant.