Idaho / Oregon wildfire update for evening of July 4, 2013

Idaho / Oregon wildfire update for evening of July 4, 2013

Credit: Vernon Tunnell

A rangeland fire moves through the Owyhees on July 1, 2013

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 9:26 PM

BOISE -- Less than a dozen documented wildfires are burning throughout southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

As of July 4, the majority continue to grow in high desert areas near Twin Falls, Idaho and southeast of Vale, Oregon near Homedale, Idaho. So far, more than 80,000 acres have burned in total.

Due to record-high temperatures and extremely dry conditions, the public is asked to use caution during Fourth of July celebrations to prevent the outbreak of more fires.

EASTERN OREGON / WESTERN IDAHO

Owhyee Fire

  • Estimated Size: 44,000 acres
  • Location: southeast of Owyhee Reservoir


Pascal Fire, Crooked Creek, Sand Springs Fires (being fought together)

  • Estimated size: 18,000 acres
  • Location: Owyhee mountains foothills, west of Homedale, Idaho


Curry Canyon Fire

  • Started July 2, 2013
  • Estimated Size: unknown
  • 15 miles southwest of Burns, Oregon


BOISE AREA

Lime Creek Fire

  • Location: 1 mile south of Anderson Ranch Reservoir near Pine, Idaho
  • Estimated Size: 40 acres
  • Resources: 30 firefighters, one heavy lift helicopter and two hand crews
  • Containment: unknown


TWIN FALLS / MAGIC VALLEY

Bray Lake Fire

  • Start: 6:00 p.m. July 3, 2013
  • Location: 8 miles N of Bliss, ID
  • Estimated Size: 2,402 acres
  • Resources: Eight engines, two dozers, one helicopter and one water tender
  • Estimated containment: Unavailable
  • Estimated control: Unavailable
  • Cause: Possibly Lightning
  • Structures: No structures threatned at this time


Heaven Fire

  • Start: 12:10 p.m. July 1, 2013
  • Location: 10 miles SW of Hill City, ID
  • Estimated size: 676 acres
  • Resources: Six engines, one dozers, eight smokejumpers and three crews
  • Estimated containment: July 4 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Estimated control: July 6
  • Cause: Lighting
  • Structures: No structures currently threatened


Emery Fire

  • Start: 5:25 p.m. July 1, 2013
  • Location: 13 miles S of Oakley, ID
  • Estimated size: 639 acres
  • Resources: Five engines, two water tenders, one dozer, Flathead Hotshots and Northwest Regulars hand crews
  • Estimated containment: July 4 at 6:00 p.m
  • Estimated control: July 7
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Structures: None threatened


Jim Brown Fire

  • Start: 6:22 p.m. July 1, 2013
  • Location: 6 miles SE of Richfield, ID
  • Estimated size: 14,404 acres
  • Resources: Eight engines, one dozer and one miscellaneous crew
  • Estimated containment: July 4 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Estimated control: July 6 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Structures: None at this time


Pointe Fire

  • Start: 6:28 p.m. July 1, 2013
  • Location: 6 miles SW of Rogerson, ID
  • Estimated size: 2,948 acres
  • Resources: Three engines, one dozer, two helicopters, eight smokejumpers and two crews
  • Estimated containment: July  5 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Estimated control: July 7 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Structures: none at this time
  • Officials say the fire was active later Wednesday afternoon, however helicopter bucket drops have successfully helped regain a control line
     

 

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