BOISE COUNTY—The Karney Fire burning north of Boise is 95 percent contained and Sunday fire managers said work on the fire is nearly done.
The 440 acre Karney Fire ignited last Monday, filling the skies above Robie Creek Road with smoke and moving quickly up the mountainside.
The fire immediately burned one home to the ground, and forced the Boise County Sheriff’s Office to evacuate nearly a hundred residents living along Robie Creek Road.
As fire crews fought the flames of the Karney Fire overnight Monday, The Boise County Sherrif’s office arrested 18 year old Nathaniel Bartholomew, a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department, Tuesday for felony arson. Police said Bartholomew used pine cones and grass to set the fire.
But the work for firefighters is almost done.
Early Sunday morning, the Idaho Department of Lands took over control of the Karney fire.
Firefighters stopped the fire at the ridge top and by doing so, saved homes in the Wilderness Ranch area.
Sunday, all along the road leading up to the fire command post, residents posted signs thanking the firefighters for a job well done.
“It was a good job by the firefighters that had the initial attack on it and then the Type 2 team that took over did a great job of putting it to rest and handed it back to the district in really good shape,” said incident commander, Rick Finnis. “So we really appreciate everyone's work that was out here for the past week.”
The Idaho Department of Lands Type 4 team will continue to monitor the fire for the next couple of days. By Wednesday the fire will be in patrol status.
As for how Sunday’s rain helped the fire? Firefighters said it's the cooler temperatures the rain brought with, that really will help keep the heat from the fire down allowing better control.