Pine Creek Fire Approaches Containment While Ridge Fire Grows


The Pine Creek Fire has burned more than 2,797 acres.
  • The Pine Creek Fire has burned more than 2,797 acres.

Nearly 400 personnel remain on the scene of the Pine Creek Fire which has now burned 2,797 acres 15 miles northeast of Boise. The blaze is now 80 percent contained.

Crews are expected to mop up hot spots Monday, progressing further into the interior of the wildfire. Some of Monday's rehabilitation work will include installing water bars on steep slops and re-establishing of roads and trails to pre-incident condition.

Some fire personnel were already released early this morning and reassigned to other fires in the region.

Meanwhile, the Ridge Fire, which has burned more than 3,000 acres 14 miles northeast of Lowman is only 7 percent contained and nearly 200 personnel are on site.

Fire managers say pockets of heat inside the perimeter continued to burn July 21, and the resulting smoke drifted northeast.

The nearest recreation area at risk is the Bull Trout Lake campground which is 10 miles northeast of the blaze. The fire's progress toward the campground slowed a bit over the weekend.

Fire managers from the Boise National Forest and the Incident Management Team will host a public meeting tonight in Stanley to brief residents about the fire. The meeting is slated for 5 p.m. at the Stanley Community Center.