May Fire near Mountain Home
Boise, ID – The May fire was reported at approximately 8:05 PM last night and was located 3 miles north of I-84 between milepost 75 and 79. Due to high winds and dry conditions, the fire quickly grew to over 500 acres in just a couple hours heading south towards I-84. State police closed the Interstate from 10:00 pm to 12:30 ambecause of heavy smoke and fire crossing the Interstate. Fire crews were able to quickly contain the southern portion of the fire and prevent spreading. The fire was contained at 1:00 am. Accurate mapping the next morning put the fire at 3,070 acres.
BLM Resources included 8 engines, 2 dozers 3 water tenders and 6 overhead. Aircraft included 2 single engine air tankers (SEAT) and 1 helicopter plus crew. The SEAT’s and helicopter were released shortly before nightfall.
Other resources included 2 Oasis fire engines, a tractor plus disc-line from Mountain Home RFPA and a crew from the Orchard Combat Training Center.
The fire started from a power pole breaking. The exact cause of the pole breaking is still under investigation. High winds and lightning were in the area during the time of first reports. No other resources or structures were damaged.
The fire is estimated to be controlled at 1:00 PM on August 2nd.
Firefighters will be mopping up near Interstate 84 so please use caution when traveling between milepost 70 and 80.