Timber Butte Fire grows, destroys three outbuildings
The Timber Butte Fire grew to approximately 7,000 acres today, mostly in a northern direction. It is burning four miles northeast of Sweet in Gem and Boise Counties. It is zero percent contained.
Approximately 25 residences are threatened. They are located along Brownlee, Timber Butte, and Liberty Roads in Boise and Gem Counties. There are no evacuation orders in place, but the Gem and Boise County Sheriffs will inform residents if they are advised to leave. Some residents are without power, and Idaho Power is working to restore power to those residents.
Three outbuildings are confirmed lost.
A Type II Interagency Incident Management Team has been ordered, which adds additional experienced fire managers and increases the fire’s priority in receiving needed resources.
Approximately 150 personnel fought the fire today with ground and aerial resources. More personnel and resources are expected tomorrow.
The incident command post has been set up at the Sweet-Montour School in Sweet.
There are no road closures and smoke is not affecting road travel at this time, but travelers are advised to use caution.
The fire started August 9 in the late afternoon. The cause is under investigation.
It is burning in an area protected by the Idaho Department of Lands Southwest Forest Protective District. Cooperators include local fire departments, county sheriffs, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Land Management.