BOISE, Idaho –Two new fires were reported yesterday within the Boise National Forest.
The approximately.25 acre Carnie Fire located between Robie Creek and North Fork Robie Creek was reported yesterday morning. The fire, burning in brush and Ponderosa Pine, has been knocked down but is not yet contained. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. A helitack crew and an engine crew responded. Their efforts on the ground to contain the fire are assisted by a helicopter dropping water.
The second fire, called the Two Mile Fire, was human caused. It is approximately .1 acre and is located north of the Middle Fork of Thorn Creek, Southeast of Idaho City. The fire, burning in brush and sage, has been contained by a four-person helitack crew.
The Cougar Fire area closure remains in effect. The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open, but the public is asked to drive slowly as fire vehicles may be using the road. Forest Road 474 (South Fork Salmon River Road) and Forest Road 409 (Clear Creek Road) are open. Specific information on road conditions and Forest closure is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4541.
Agency representatives will meet this afternoon to evaluate fire restrictions currently in place. Recent moisture received, dryness of the fuels, potential for new fire starts, and number of fires traditionally caused by humans at this time of the year, are all factors they will consider in determining the fire restriction status.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place for the Boise National Forest. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited except within an agency designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure, Further information is available at: Boise National Forest web site, or at http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html