GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho -- Crews continue to battle the extremely active Springs Fire, located five miles west of Garden Valley. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said that the fire increased activity on the north end of the fire near Zimmer Creek Saturday afternoon.
The smoke column, which was visible from Boise, is the result of an estimated 5,140 burnt acres of land. The fire activity increased on the north end of the fire Saturday near Zimmer Creek and was expected to be active through the night.
Almost 200 people went to a community meeting at the Garden Valley School to get the latest on the fire.
Now 25 percent contained, the fire, which started August 5, is being worked by over 400 people.
Highway 55 and the Banks-Lowman Road are currently open. The speed limit on Highway 55 through the fire area has been reduced to 35 mph. Travelers along this route are asked to obey the reduced speed limit to provide for the safety of firefighters working in this area.
The South Fork of the Payette River remains open to boaters, but they are asked to use caution as the river is being used as a dip site by helicopters supporting fire personnel. In addition, trees that have been weakened by fire may fall into the river without warning.