Update: Pine Creek Fire Scorches 500 Acres Northeast of Boise

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UPDATE: Monday, July 15 8 p.m.

By Monday evening, firefighters estimated that 500 acres had been burned by the Pine Creek Fire in the vicinity of Pine Creek Road and Grimes Creek Road.

Boise County officials closed the Grimes Creek Road past the junction to the Clear Creek Subdivision, but residents of the subdivision were still given access to their homes.

Approximately 120 fire personnel were on the scene, including three 20-person crews, 4 engines, 6 single-engine air tankers, 3 helicopters and 2 heavy air tankers.

An additional 150 firefighters have already been ordered to the scene for Wednesday, July 16.

Travelers on Highway 21 are being cautioned as smoke may heavy on the highway.

Weather forecasts called for dry lightning in the region on Wednesday, so fire managers were bracing for additional fire starts.

The view of the Pine Creek Fire from Jackson Peak Lookout
  • Courtesy USFS
  • The view of the Pine Creek Fire from Jackson Peak Lookout

ORIGINAL POST: Monday, July 15 5 p.m.

Firefighters are on the scene of the region's latest wildfire which erupted late Monday afternoon.

The blaze broke out approximately 15 miles northeast of Boise, four miles east of Shafter Butte, in the Macks Creek drainage. The wildfire is sweeping across grass and ponderosa pine, and had already burned 50 acres by Monday afternoon.

So far, two 20-person crews, five engines and three helicopters are on the scene.

According to the Boise National Forest, no structures are threatened at this point, and there are no major road impacts.

The view of the Pine Creek Fire from the Jackson Peak Lookout
  • Courtesy USFS
  • The view of the Pine Creek Fire from the Jackson Peak Lookout

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