Friday, September 19, 2014

Yesterday's Smokey Skies Came from California, New Fire Sparks in Boise National Forest

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

click to enlarge The Bull Fire has burned 20 acres in the Boise National Forest near Cascade since yesterday. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
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  • The Bull Fire has burned 20 acres in the Boise National Forest near Cascade since yesterday.
The Boise area made it through most of the summer with only a few days of smoke socking in the Treasure Valley, but the morning of Sept. 18, that smoke descended. It lasted through most of the day, taking the air quality from good to moderate, according to Boise State Public Radio. Though the air looks clear today, the air quality index hasn't changed. 

Yesterday's smokey haze came from wildfires in Northern California, especially the King Fire, which grew 40,000 acres in size on Wednesday—and evacuated close to 3,000 people. It has now burned more than 110 square miles. California authorities arrested a man suspected of deliberately starting the King Fire, according to CNN

Changing winds helped clear the smoke out this morning, but wildfires in Oregon could bring in some smoke from the west, reports Boise State Public Radio.

A new wildfire has started in the Boise National Forest as well. According to a news release, the fire broke out 14 miles southeast of Cascade. The 20-acre Bull Fire is burning in a remote area with no nearby structures.

Around 20 firefighters are involved in the suppression effort, with two helicopters and air tankers as well. Firefighters expect that cooler temperatures, higher humidity and low winds should help, but four more crews have been ordered. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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