McCall, ID - The Roadside Fire has grown to 1,500 acres and is actively burning in grass and sagebrush. There are structures, outbuildings, and power lines threatened as well as critical sharp-tailed grouse habitat. The fire is staffed by approximately 100 firefighters including seven engines, eight smokejumpers, three hand crews, and two dozers. Numerous air resources are actively engaged in containing the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Traffic is no longer restricted to one lane on Highway 95 near the fire.
Additional Fires on the Payette NF
The following fires were all caused by lightning and are each estimated at ¼ to ½ acre in size.
Lafferty Fire –This fire is burning in grass and timber approximately 14 miles northwest of Council near Lafferty Campground with four firefighters currently staffing the fire.
Artic Fire – This fire is located ½ mile east of Artic Point Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is staffed with two McCall smokejumpers.
Cold Springs – Located seven miles northeast of Council and two miles west of No Business Lookout, there are five firefighters currently on the fire and mopping up.
The human caused Gaylord Fire started approximately 6 miles north of Council, near mile post 148 and Highway 95, and was quickly suppressed by the Council Rural Fire Department.
It’s hot, dry, and windy. Please be vigilant with campfires, hot engines, or other motorized equipment, and cigarettes in the forest.