Officials expanded the closure area around the Trinity Ridge Fire today, because of incresed fire activity.
“Fire closure orders are evaluated every couple days to determine whether they should be expanded or detracted,” said M.L. Smith, Boise National Forest deputy supervisor. “We will re-open areas closed to the public when it’s safe to do so.”
A spot fire erupted early this morning to the east of the South Fork of the Boise River and the Pine-Featherville Road. Two crews are being aided by helicopters to control the spot fire.
Meanwhile, fire managers are using helicopters today to slow progression toward the Middle Fork of the Boise River on the fire's western flank. Crews are preparing the road from an old fire scar southwest to Sheep Rock drainage.
The new Zumwalt fire reported Tuesday evening between Grandjean and Highway 21 remains at 15 acres.
All in, the Trinity Ridge Fire has burned 141,826 acres as of this morning and is 17 percent contained.