Video: Soda Fire Burns 123 Square Miles, Other Fires Spark Around the State 

click to enlarge The Soda Fire has burned more than 83,000 acres so far along the border of Idaho and Oregon. - BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • The Soda Fire has burned more than 83,000 acres so far along the border of Idaho and Oregon.
Denizens of the Treasure Valley woke up this morning to hazier skies than usual. Chalk it up to a  numerous new and already burning wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions.

The most dramatic fire so far has been the Soda Fire, burning more than 83,000 acres 8 miles northeast of Jordan Valley, Ore., in both Idaho and Oregon.

Extremely dry and windy conditions yesterday afternoon caused the fire to jump U.S. Highway 95, but the highway remains open for drivers. A Type 2 incident management team will be taking over the fire starting tomorrow morning. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but investigators it's related to lightning activity. It started around 11 a.m. Aug. 10.

According to InciWeb, the fire has burned more than 10,000 acres of grass and sage grouse habitat on BLM, private and state lands. Shifting winds have caused the fire to spread in all directions. One structure has been lost, but currently no other structures are threatened by the fire. No evacuations are in order at this time, but the fire burned some power lines, causing power outages in Jordan Valley.

The BLM is also dealing with several other fires, including the Wash Fire, burning 7 miles south of Grandview. It's burning 10 acres with little activity. the Grandview Rural Fire Department, along with three BLM engines and a contract dozer are keeping the fire at bay. The Spring Fire is burning 20 acres 7 miles southeast of Silver City. A helicopter, a dozer and two smokejumpers are responding, and plan to have the fire contained by 6 p.m. tonight.

The 3-acre Beeter Fire southwest of Mountain Home was quickly extinguished by the Mountain Home Rural Fire Department.

The Boise National Forest has its hands full as well with six fires in the area. The West Scriver Fire is the largest, at about 250 acres. The fire is burning 13 miles north of Crouch, heading toward state and private lands. It's challenging to fight, though, because of poor access and heavy timber. Fire crews are working to construct a hard line around the fire, which takes cutting a path through the forest and then digging a trench. The fire transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Command yesterday afternoon, and will likely burn for several days.

The Wolf Fire, located 1 mile west of the Sawtooth Wilderness, grew from 8 to 50 acres due to 30-mile-per-hour winds in the area. Because the fire is burning steep and rugged terrain, a second hot shot crew will join other on-site firefighters today. Four other fires in the Boise National Forest remain unchanged from yesterday.

Soda Wildfire Timelapse

Time lapse video of the Soda Wildfire crossing Hwy 95 from the Ion Summit Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) webcam. We are pretty sure the fire took out the webcam and weather equipment.

Posted by US National Weather Service Boise Idaho on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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