New Wildfires Erupt North, East of Boise

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Fire crews along Highway 17

Travelers returning to the Treasure Valley from a long holiday weekend from points north were greeted with more than just heavy traffic the evening of July 7; they also encountered thick smoke coming from the Fraiser Creek Fire, which has scorched more than 300 acres east of Banks.

The Boise National Forest said the fire was burning on the north side of Highway 17, better known as the Banks to Lowman Road.

Approximately 150 firefighters are on the scene of the Fraiser Creek Fire working primarily on the east and north flanks of the blaze.

Meanwhile, the State Fire has burned an estimated 25 acres on Bureau of Land Management land near the Indian Creek reservoir east of Boise.

Another blaze, the Guinn Fire, has burned approximately 175 acres six miles south of Declo. That fire was sparked by lightning. The fire is expected to be under control Monday night.

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