Major Progress on Idaho Wildfires

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Cooler temperatures have allowed the region's firefighters to take advantage in quelling a number of wildfires.

The region's newest wildfire is the Prisoner blaze, which scorched more than 80 acres south of Boise, near the Idaho State Penitentiary. Five Bureau of Land Management engines were on the scene throughout Friday evening. The fire was contained late Friday night and was expected to be under full control by Saturday evening. The fire is suspected of being sparked by firearms being shot in the area. The blaze is under investigation and there are no suspects at this time.

In the Payette National Forest, as many as 29 new wildfires were detected this past week, including:
  • The Captain Fire, which has burned one acre north of New Meadows
  • The Slick Fire, which has burned one-tenth of an acre northeast of McCall
  • The Eagle Rock Fire, which has burned one-tenth of an acre east of McCall.
The Crestline, Mann, North Gulch, Poverty and Sheep wildfires were all controlled on Friday.

The Johnson Bar wildfire, which has burned 6,665 acres southeast of Syringa in the Nez Perce National Forest, still has 670 firefighting personnel on the scene.

Meanwhile, fire restrictions were lifted Friday night on lands managed by the Payette and Boise national forests, once again allowing campground barbecues.