The 3 large fires in the Garden Valley area and the large 85 acre fire east of Lowman continue to pose challenges as afternoon hotter temperatures and increased winds develop.
A helicopter with a GPS unit more accurately plotted acres late this morning. The Wash Fire was mapped at 970 acres. Located about 3 miles east of Garden Valley it continues to be a top priority due to its proximity to homes. No structures have been lost and the Level 2 Boise County evacuation remains in effect.
The Grimes Fire is at 270 acres and about 5 miles east of Garden Valley. Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber implemented a voluntary evacuation that includes all homes in the Pioneerville area. This new evacuation order is in response to potential extreme fire behavior. The fire is about 2 miles away. Residents are asked to check in with Boise County Sheriff's Dispatch at 392-4411. The concern is forecasted northwest winds that could move the fire toward the 10 homes in the community.
The Calder Fire is 260 acres in size, about 4 miles east of Garden Valley. Fire managers are working to develop the best method of attack with a close look at its location and firefighter safety. This fire is in remote, inaccessible, steep and challenging country.
The 85 acre Blue Jay Fire about 17 miles east of Lowman is in a remote area with no structure threats. A wind advisory has been issued this afternoon for strong gusty conditions.
The Banks to Lowman Road, Highway 17, is open but smoky and travelers need to use caution. The Garden Valley Rural Fire Department has a contact line for local residents at 208-462-3175 and Boise County has a hotline number for evacuation information at208-462-0552.
Further information is available by contacting Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer David Olson at 861-0768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.