Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) declared the Karney Fire 100 percent contained at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Two engines will be out today with the incident commander patrolling the area. The fire will be in “monitor status” after repair work on the fire line is completed today. Seeding that is needed in areas that were dozed to help fight the fire will be completed in the fall.
The Karney Fire started the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 17, about five miles north of Highway 21 along Robie Creek Road in Boise County.
The next day the Boise County Sheriff announced an 18-year-old male from the area was arrested in connection with starting the fire. The fire completely burned one residence adjacent to where the fire was started, but fire crews were able to save numerous other structures that were immediately threatened. Firefighters also were able to keep the Karney Fire from moving into the Wilderness Ranch subdivision with 275 homes.
The Karney Fire burned 440 acres of private land within the boundaries of the IDL forest protective district. It prompted the State of Idaho to request a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration to help with firefighting costs, and voluntary evacuations of 80 homes in the area were in effect throughout most of the week.
At one point, more than 350 personnel were working to put out the fire, including a Type 2 incident management team made up of local, state and federal employees from Idaho and the region that assisted in managing the fire.
The Karney Fire was fought with mutual aid from the IDL, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and local volunteer fire departments.
For more information, please contact Emily Anderson, IDL Public Information Officer, at (208) 334-0236.