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Smoke Worsens in Treasure Valley as Walker Fire Reaches 60 Percent Containment

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Fire officials expect the Walker Fire to be fully contained by next Saturday. - INCIWEB
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  • Fire officials expect the Walker Fire to be fully contained by next Saturday.


The air quality in the Treasure Valley started to look better Thursday afternoon—good enough for the Boise School District to hold sporting events and practices outside for the first time all week. This morning, however, the smoke thickened again. 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality labeled the air quality in Boise and Meridian "red," or unhealthy for everyone. Nampa's air quality is currently "yellow," meaning moderate. 

The smoke is coming from the Walker Fire, which started burning 8 miles southwest of Idaho City Oct. 10. It's currently 5,440 acres and 60 percent contained as 578 personnel fight the fire. According to a fire update from the U.S. Forest Service, resources on the fire include eight helicopters, 21 engines, 18 crews and two dozers. Crews are working hard to secure containment lines and extinguish hot spots in the perimeter of the fire.

According to InciWeb, fire managers expect the fire to be contained by Saturday, Oct. 24.