Fires

Updated roundup: Firefighters keep battling regional blazes

In the Boise National Forest, the West Scriver Fire has burned 600 acres north of Crouch. About 160 people in total are fighting the fire, according to Forest Service news release. Crews worked to build a fire line across the fire’s southern perimeter Friday.

The Cougar Fire, which started burning about 3 miles southwest of Warm Lake Thursday, is burning about 150 acres in lodgepole forests. Fire activity Friday caused the Boise National Forest to close an area starting at the junction of Warm Lake Road and Clear Creek Road. The closure also includes the Trail Creek hot springs area. The Valley County Sheriff is recoommending that people do not travel the Warm Lake Highway, Idaho 22.

The 130-acre Chalky Fire west of Hammett was caused by a farmer conducting a controlled burn that got out of control about 1 p.m. Friday, the BLM reports. It was controlled at 9 p.m.

The Shoe Fire, reported about 6 p.m. off Mud Flat Road east of Grandview in Owyhee County, burned 5 acres and was contained at 8:30 p.m. Investigators believe it was started by shooting.

BLM crews responded to a 190-acre fire, dubbed the Slate Fire, reported at 8:30 a.m. on North Indian Creek Road near Mayfield.

By 10:30 a.m. crews had a “good handle” on the blaze, and it was controlled at 9 p.m., according to BLM spokesperson JacQueline Link.

The 130-acre Chalky Fire west of Hammett was caused by a farmer conducting a controlled burn that got out of control about 1 p.m. Friday, the BLM reports. It was controlled at 9 p.m.

The Shoe Fire, reported about 6 p.m. off Mud Flat Road east of Grandview in Owyhee County, burned 5 acres and was contained at 8:30 p.m. Investigators believe it was started by shooting.

In the Payette National Forest, the Red Flag Warning weather conditions Friday led to increased fire activity on the Payette National Forest, with at least two new fires and 14 existing fires, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release. Tepee Springs Fire near Goose Lake grew to 2,400 acres under high winds, and Hazard Campground and other parts of the forest in the vicinity of the fire are closedNo public access is allowed past the cattle guard 1 mile north of Goose Lake on Goose Lake Road, and visitors within the closed area are being evacuated.

One new start, the Rapid Fire, is located on the McCall District and is visible from Highway 55 south of town. It is burning actively about 1 mile south of Fog Lake and was estimated at 200 acres Friday night.

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