Several are staffed, or have staffing en-route and all are currently small, generally less than ½ acres.
In the past three days the Boise National Forest has responded to 23 new fires from lightning, the largest being the 50 acre Grape Fire about 10 miles northwest of Prairie, which was contained today. Several are contained, and firefighting resources are quickly being assigned to new fires as they reach containment.
“We are anticipating another busy day today, with the multiple new starts and the assignment of firefighting resources as quickly as possible,” said Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest Fire Chief. “Our depth of initial attack forces is good, but we are scrambling to dispatch them as these new fire reports come in.”
Rainfall received varied from virtually none, to short intense downpours from the thunder cells. Fire managers are saying that rain is of minor help.
Low visibility due to the smoky haze from fires in other western states is limiting fire lookouts ability to spot new smokes easily. An aerial detection flight is planned for later today. Yesterday a helicopter en-route to a fire spotted a new fire that had been unseen due to the smoky conditions.
Little Queens Fire (16,200 acres) – A critical burnout to enhance the safety of Atlanta is nearing completion following two nights and days of careful and slow ignition. The south end of the fire is now more secure, but additional work is needed today and later tonight to complete the operation. Structure protection is in place in Atlanta. Little Queens fire information is available at www.inciweb.org. The Boise Information Center is staffed with current information regarding new fires, area and road closures, and recreation information at 384-3266.