Boise, ID – The Trinity Ridge Fire which started Friday has grown to an estimated 200 acres, burning in heavy timber about 10 miles northwest of Featherville in Elmore County.
It is being fought by approximately 120 firefighters, 5 engines, two helicopters, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers and C-130 MAFFS that are operating out of the Boise airport. Additional fire crews have been ordered.
The fire is located in remote country and currently there are no structures threatened, but 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.
The area has steep terrain that is filled with sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine. Those tree species are very prone to torching and then throwing hundreds of embers into the sky which then float ahead of the main fire front and ignite new dry fuel. This is major challenge for firefighters to successfully construct fireline as new ignitions can easily start across the fireline they are building.
The fire appears to have been started by a UTV that caught fire in the area. An investigation team has been assigned.
A Type 2 Regional Incident Management Team has been ordered and is due to arrive on Sunday.
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.