The Boise County Sheriff late this afternoon issued evacuation notices for additional 10 homes in a local area known as Kelly Gulch off Robie Creek Road.
An evacuation notice also was issued at the same time for an additional 50 homes elsewhere in the Robie Creek area and on one small street in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. Approximately 80 homes have been notified about evacuations since the fire began with the majority in the Robie Creek area.
The American Red Cross has set up an aid station at the Idaho City High School. School children who normally get dropped off at Wilderness Ranch will be kept at the aid station for parent pickup.
A public information officer was stationed at the Wilderness Ranch Mail Center today to answer questions from area residents.
A Type 2 incident management team has been ordered to fight the fire. The Type 2 team will bring with it additional personnel and equipment that are needed on this increasingly complex fire. The team will arrive in Boise on Wednesday and will likely begin its work on Thursday.
More than 100 fire fighters have been working on the fire continuously throughout the day. Response to the fire is with 2 Heavy Air Tankers, 9 Single Engine Air Tankers, 3 helicopters, several engines, 2 dozers, and three 20-person hand crews.
The Boise County Sheriff's Department confirmed at a news conference this morning that one suspect, Nathaniel Bartholomew, has been arrested in connection with starting the fire. He is an 18 year old male from the Robie Creek area.
The Karney Fire started on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Milepost 5.5 along Robie Creek Road. Fire crews were able to make good progress on the Karney Fire overnight (Monday night 9/17/12), corralling the fire by establishing a preliminary line around it.
However, the fire jumped a portion of the fireline early in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and the flareup now is threatening an additional 75 to 100 homes in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision.
Firefighting efforts are focused on containing the fire at the top of the mountain ridge before it approaches Wilderness Ranch.
The Karney Fire is within the boundaries of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Southwest Idaho Forest Protection District. It is being fought with mutual aid from the US Forest Service, BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and rural fire departments from Robie Creek, Wilderness Ranch, and Clear Creek.
The fire is burning in scattered timber and brush.
CONTACTS: Emily Anderson, IDL Public Information Officer (208) 761-5175
David Olson, Boise National Forest, (208) 861-0768