BOISE COUNTY -- More than 200 fire personnel are working to contain the 1,500-acre Pine Creek Fire currently burning in rural Boise County.
The fire sparked around 3 p.m. Monday about 15 miles northeast of Boise near the intersection of Grimes Creek Road and Pine Creek Road. That's just a few miles north of the Wilderness Ranch subdivision on Highway 21.
The area is managed by the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Department of Lands.
Officials say heavy smoke on parts of State Highway 21 could make travel difficult or dangerous, and advise travelers to take caution.
Firefighters expect more small fire starts Tuesday, due to hot temperatures and the chance of thunderstorms.
There is a bit of good news, however.
Public information officer Emily Callihan with the Idaho Department of Lands is reporting that the fire burned with limited or no growth throughout Tuesday night.
That's because firefighters conducted successful burnouts along the Wildcat Gulch Road, according to Callihan.
"They were able to secure that fireline through the road, and today they're going to continue building direct fireline," Callihan told KTVB.
NO HOMES THREATENED
No homes are believed to be threatened by the fire, according to Forest Service officials. However, Grimes Creek Road has been closed past the junction that leads to the Clear Creek Subdivision. Clear Creek Subdivision residents still have access to their homes.
About 120 fire personnel were fighting the flames on Monday, including three 20-person hand crews, three helicopters, four engine crews, six single engine air tankers, two heavy air tankers, along with local resources.
The Idaho Department of Lands reports that fire resources will be increased to 12 engines and 7 hand crews on Tuesday, including two hotshot crews. Several local fire departments, including some volunteers, are also working on to control the flames. Air tankers are also expected to make more drops on the flames.
FIRE BELIEVED TO BE HUMAN-CAUSED
County officials remain wary of more potential fire starts.
"Any start this time of year on a hot afternoon is a dangerous start," said John Roberts, Emergency Management Coordinator for Boise County. "So they're putting all the resources they can toward it."
Roberts says he believes the fire was human caused.
"It started right on, near, a private camp right on the county road. It ran up the hill south where there are no homes. It's natural forest land," said Roberts.