The region's wildland firefighters have another busy weekend ahead of them as forest fires continue to rage in the Boise National Forest. In fact, four new fires were discovered Friday, which officials said were likely holdovers from lightning strikes earlier in the week. Each of the four new fires was fought by helitack firefighters, hotshot crews and engines, and one of them was controlled early this morning. The rest are less than 3/4-acre in size.
The largest of the Boise National Forest fires—the Whiskey Complex, which includes two blazes—has burned more than 9,400 acres and is now 95 percent contained. That allows more resources to be turned to the Mack Fire, which has burned 270 acres 14 miles northeast of Boise and has 180 firefighting personnel on the scene. The Mack is now 80 percent contained.
Effective this morning, closures have been reduced in the Boise National Forest, bounded by the Grimes Pass Road, Forest Road, Alder Creek Road and the South Fork Payette River Road.
Meanwhile, with the wildfire danger remaining high in many parts of Southwest Idaho, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will soon go into effect for all BLM and state-managed lands in Ada, Canyon, Payette and Washington counties. The Stage 1 restrictions, which limit smoking, campfires or stove fires, go into effect on the evening of Tuesday, July 29.