- National Interagency Fire Center
- August 20, 2015 current large fire incidents
The deaths of three firefighters in Washington state Wednesday served as a sobering reminder that the work of thousands of men and women fighting fires throughout the region is far from over.
The fatalities came during an initial attack on the Twisp River Fire, near the towns of Twisp and Winthrop in north-central Washington. Twisp, Winthrop and Riverside, Wash., were evacuated Wednesday, as the more than 50-acre blaze threatened upwards of 200 structures, according to King 5 News.
Meanwhile, fire officials are keeping a close eye on the forecast, which includes some thunderstorms and high winds that could compound containment efforts.
The Soda Fire, along the Idaho/Oregon border, is now 95 percent contained after burning nearly 290,000 square acres.
- Clearwater Complex
In north-central Idaho, the Clearwater Complex of fires has consumed more than 64,000 acres and destroyed a number of homes near Kamiah. That blaze is 25 percent contained and has approximately 860 firefighting personnel on the scene.
City of Boise firefighters responded around 3 a.m. Thursday to a barn fire near Cloverdale Road and Fairview Avenue in West Boise. The structure had been abandoned. Traffic was diverted from a stretch of Fairview for a while as firefighters contained the blaze from spreading to a nearby mobile home park. The cause is under investigation.
Boise fire officials said Thursday morning's blaze was the third structure fire of its kind on Fairview Avenue in the last several months, in addition to two grass fires in the area. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Idaho Arson Award Program for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of person(s) responsible for the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office Arson Line at 1-877-75_ARSON, or Crimestoppers at 343-COPS.