Ridge Fire Grows, Pine Creek Nearly Contained; Schwarzenegger Visits Hotshots on Fire Line


The Ridge Fire, burning 14 miles northeast of Lowman, has now burned more 3,700 acres. The lightning-triggered blaze is only 10 percent contained.

Fire managers say they continue to construct containment lines on the west flank, halting the fire's advance. Line construction will continue Tuesday. Seven Hotshot crews—representing 140 firefighters—spent the night on the fire lines. Additional crews are expected to be assigned today and tomorrow.

The Pine Creek Fire, which has burned nearly 2,800 acres 15 miles northeast of Boise is now 90 percent contained. Today's forecast is expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s with relative humidity near 10 percent. Winds are predicted to be 5 to 7 miles per hour with higher afternoon gusts.

Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Snake River Hotshot crew July 22.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Snake River Hotshot crew July 22.

Meanwhile, actor, former California governor and part-time Sun Valley resident Arnold Schwarzenegger spent some time with the Snake River Hotshot crew July 22 as they were battling the West Mullan fire in the hills northwest of Superior, Mont., near the Idaho border.

This morning's Missoulian reports that Schwarzenegger was in the region while producing a documentary on climate change.