Idaho and Nearby Fire Updates
Driving into downtown Boise this afternoon I couldn't help but notice the smoke sheen blocking a clear view of the mountains. The treasure valley is starting to look more like LA air quality. Luckily its not pollution but the smoke is definitely noticeable. There are fires surrounding us right now... Here is the latest thanks to Idaho News 2:
Fire crews are fighting 13 wildfires on and around the Payette National Forest, many started by lighting strikes after Wednesday night storms. A few are sizable but most are about an acre and seem more manageable and should be out soon.
The Copeland Fire is now 93 acres and is burning on state lands bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is about five miles east of McCall in the Shaw/Twin Lakes area.
The Wildhorse Fire is burning in the Council Ranger District, on the east side of Wildhorse River between Emery Creek and Blue Gulch. The fire is about five to 10 acres.
The fire in eastern Oregon is massively out of control. It has grew to 20,300 acres. Containment is only estimated at about 20 percent. Wind is fueling it and making it hard to manage.
Coming on on the other side we have The Bear Creek Fire that is near the Idaho and Montana boarder. It is now estimated over 7,500 acres and is also at about 20 percent containment. Wind is also causing problems for crews trying to control the flames.