Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lightning, Winds Spark New Fires in Boise National Forest, Barber Park

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Overnight lightning and high winds sparked and fanned the flames of seven new fires across the Boise National Forest. Firefighting officials say all of the new blazes are five acres or smaller and no structures have been threatened.

The largest is the Crooked Fire, about six miles southeast of Kirkham and about five acres in size. The only other fire to reach an acre or more is the Rab Fire, one mile east of Rabbit Creek Summit.

Officials say there's a good chance that more fires, holdovers from last night's spate of lightning, will be discovered over the next few days.

Fire crews, engines, helitack firefighters, a helicopter and rapellers are all on the scene.

Forest officials say the current dry conditions of the BNF and hot temperatures remain a concern.

Meanwhile, Boise Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a grass fire that scorched about 20 acres near Barber Park in Southeast Boise. High winds, clocked as high as 30 mph, fanned the flames through much of Wednesday evening. No structures were threatened.

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