Highway reopens after Fraiser Fire burns near Garden Valley

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Highway reopens after Fraiser Fire burns near Garden Valley

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by Karen Zatkulak and KTVB.COM

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Posted on July 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:56 PM

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GARDEN VALLEY -- Firefighters are making good progress on the 280-acre Fraiser Fire near Garden Valley that sparked Sunday afternoon.

As of Monday morning, the Boise National Forest says the fire has been reduced to about 280 acres from its peak of nearly 700 acres, but the flames still haven't been contained.

No homes are currently threatened.

The Banks-to-Lowman Highway has been fully reopened.

The fire caused major traffic problems for holiday travelers on the Banks to Lowman Highway (State Highway 17) Sunday afternoon. Portions of that highway were closed for several hours.

Fire managers used a pilot car to guide traffic through the area Sunday night. They say there was a danger of large rocks becoming dislodged and rolling into traffic due to large volumes of water being dropped on the fire.

Deputies say the flames were likely human caused. 

FIRE BREAKS OUT

Nearly 120 firefighters and other emergency workers battled the fire Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Assisting them were three helicopters and six air tankers performing water drops, three wildland fire engines, and two bulldozers. Officials say about 150 people will continue to fight the fire on Monday.

Firefighters say the Frasier Creek Fire moved up slope Sunday afternoon, pushing to the north about a half-mile from the 50-home subdivision of Frasier Creek on Sunday. Officials with the Boise National Forest say flames in that area have been knocked down, and homes in that area are not in immediate danger.

Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers says crews are also getting some help from the fact that there's less combustible fuel in the area.

"All this area is area that was real close to the burn two years ago in Garden Valley that went on for weeks," said Rogers. "So, the fire is pushing up into that area again. Hopefully, that will slow it down, and they'll be able to get a handle on it."

Boise County dispatchers say the Banks-to-Lowman Highway opened back up Sunday night.

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