Nearly 200 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with six crews, five engines, three helicopters and 4 SEATs involved all day. They made good progress on the east flank which is the closest to the Frazier Creek rural subdivision. That area holds about 18 homes. The Boise County Sheriff and Garden Valley Fire Chief alerted residents this morning in the sub-division of the potential need to evacuate. The fire is about 1/2 mile to the west.
Additional progress was made on the west flank, but strong canyon winds influenced the fire late in the day increasing the acreage burned by over 100 acres in about an hour.
The highway between Banks and Garden Valley is currently open with traffic control from milepost 1.4 and 5.2. Traffic is one lane and is being escorted by a pilot car. Delays are about 10-12 minutes. Once the helicopter work ends at dark, the road will not have an escort and be fully open to traffic. Escorts will resume on Tuesday.
The fire is in extremely steep terrain with an elevation change of nearly 3000 feet from the bottom to the top of the fire. It is burning in a mixture of grass, brush and pockets of timber.
Rafters on the South Fork Payette River will need to use caution traveling the river where the helicopters are dipping. The river is currently open.
The entire Boise National Forest is very dry and citizens are reminded to be extremely careful with fire and other activities while enjoying the National Forests. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on the Mountain Home Ranger District. Campfires are only allowed in developed recreation facilities on that District.