306,000 Acres Torched in Long Butte, 1300 Acres in Hurd Fire


More than 50 new lightning-caused fires erupted late on Aug. 26, adding to the already-tasked firefighters stretched across Southwest Idaho. The fires are scattered in Boise, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee and Valley counties.

The largest by far is the Long Butte Fire which was ignited by lightning on Aug. 21. As of the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 27, more than 306,000 acres had been torched, including an important habitat for a wild horse herd and some of the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.

Long Butte Fire
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Long Butte Fire

In Valley County, Sheriff's deputies have lifted the Level 3 evacuation order surrounding the Hurd Fire and lowered it to Level 2 status. That means residents must still be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice.
On Aug. 26, strong, southerly winds whipped the fire to 1,300 acres, doubling its original size.
Hurd Fire
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Hurd Fire

You can follow the status of the fires at http://www.inciweb.org/