BOISE, Idaho - Boise NF New Fires - Late Sunday a new 35 acre fire, called the Springs Fire, broke out 4 miles east of Banks. Four crews, five engines, two helicopters and SEATs are fighting the fire. The highway between Banks and Garden Valley is open with traffic control. The Boise County Sheriff is alerting residents in the Frazier Creek sub-division of potential need to evacuate. The fire is about one mile to the west.
The Trinity Ridge Fire has grown to an estimated 1800 acres, burning in heavy timber about 10 miles northwest of Featherville in Elmore County.
It is being fought by approximately 140 firefighters, 5 engines, two helicopters, Single Engine Air Tankers and C-130 MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System). Additional fire crews have arrived and a Type 2 Incident Management Team has assumed command this morning. The Incident Command Post is just south of Pine.
The fire is located in remote country and currently no structures are threatened. Fire managers believe this fire has the potential to grow quite large due to the very dry conditions in the area, the terrain and the type of fuel it is burning in.
Yesterday, the fire burned aggressively in the mostly sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine, with considerable torching and spotting. Ignition probability of the embers landing on unburned fuel is estimated at 90 percent. The majority of Sub-alpine fir burns this way. This has been a major challenge for firefighters to successfully construct fire line.
Access is open to Featherville, Pine, Rocky Bar, Trinity Recreation Area and the James Creek road to Atlanta. Road closures are in place for several roads in the vicinity of the fire.
The entire Boise National Forest is very dry and citizens are reminded to be extremely careful with fire and other activities while enjoying the National Forests. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on the Mountain Home Ranger District. Campfires are only allowed in developed recreation facilities.