BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 9 2018 -- Firefighters continue to make progress toward containment with wildfires that were started during a lightning storm late Thursday night. Remaining fires are currently staffed and additional resources have arrived. Firefighters were challenged Saturday with strong winds and poor visibility.
Of the new starts reported, three fires remain active.
The 45 acre Casner Fire, located within the Lowman Ranger District, is 2 miles west of the Warm Springs Airstrip and staffed with a Type 3 Management Team. The fire is well established in Casner Creek. Helicopters are supporting over 100 firefighters in their efforts to secure a perimeter line in very steep terrain with sparse fuels and pine overstory.
The German Fire is approximately 30 acres, and 20 percent contained. Located 9 miles east of Idaho City, and under the management of a Type 4 Management Team. Over 90 firefighters on scene were additionally challenged by windy conditions on Saturday.
Thirdly, the Wren Fire is approximately 7 acres and 50 percent contained. Located 17 miles east and northeast of Idaho City. Fire managers anticipate full containment Sunday, Sept. 9.
Resources respond quickly and efficiently when new fires are reported. Thursday’s lightning event involved multiagency coordination and cooperation involving crews, helicopters, single engines air tankers, smokejumpers, helicopters, rappel crews, fire prevention and investigation personnel.
Aircraft detection flights will patrol and monitor for additional fires that may have held over and flare up. Weather predictions include cooling temperatures, however the fuels remain extremely dry.
There are currently no road or area closures in place for the new fire starts, however the Wapiti Fire Area Closure near Grandjean remains in effect. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions also remain in effect for the Boise National Forest. If you need more information regarding road and area closures or fire restrictions, please visit the Boise National website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.