Ground resources included: 5 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, and Mountain Home RFPA. Air resources included: air attack, 4 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT’s) and 2 heavy air tankers. No structures were in imminent danger. The cause is currently under investigation.
Chalky fire was reported 1:00pm today off old HWY 30 approximately 4 miles west of Hammett. With crews nearby at the Hammett Fire Guard Station they were able to respond quickly to knock down all active flame. Acres burned are estimated to be 130 with no structures threatened and no injuries. Chalky fire was caused by a farmer conducting a controlled burn that got away from him and quickly spread to BLM land. Estimated containment is 5:30pm tonight and estimated control at 9:00pm tonight.
Resources that responded to the Chalky fire include 1 incident commander (IC) 4 engines, and a water tender.
Today’s weather forecast brings no relief to fire fighters and increases the potential threat for new fire starts. Gusty winds up to 35 miles per hour are expected combined with high temperatures, low relative humidity, and already tinder dry fuel make for extreme conditions.
With repeated forecasts of thunder storms and hot, dry weather, along with the current wildfires burning across Idaho, the public is encouraged to use extreme caution when working and recreating outdoors. Plan ahead before traveling; check current road conditions and closures. Smoke is also a concern for people with respiratory problems. For information on active wildfires in Idaho and around the nation check out InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov
The public is also encouraged to use the following website to access information on fire restrictions, fire prevention tips, and local wildfire information: idahofireinfo.blogspot.com