Lightning sparks multiple fires in Elmore, Owyhee counties

Multiple lightning-caused fires.

MOUNTAIN HOME - Lightning storms that moved through southern Idaho sparked multiple wildfires Monday afternoon in Elmore and Owyhee counties - and may be to blame for a fire near Firebird Raceway.

The Bureau of Land Management had resources on fires burning grass and sage after at least 17 fires were ignited by lightning in the BLM's Boise district. Officials said the fires had burned more than 16,000 acres as of Tuesday afternoon.

A majority of the smaller fires have been contained, are expected to be controlled later Tuesday evening. The larger fires are expected to be controlled by Wednesday evening.

View map of fires

No homes or other buildings are threatened, and no evacuations have been ordered.

BLM crews are being assisted by the Forest Service, the Mountain Home Fire Department, the Idaho Department of Lands and several rural agencies.

Here is a look at the significant fires crews are working Tuesday afternoon:

Yeti Fire
• Approximately 11 miles northwest of Grand View
• Approximately 4,000 acre
• Estimated contain: Tuesday 10 p.m.
• Estimated control: Wednesday 6 p.m.

Ditto Fire
• Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home
• Approximately 2,500 acres
• Estimated contain: Tuesday 8 p.m.
• Estimated control: Wednesday 8 p.m.

Breeze Fire
• Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home
• Approximately 1,800 acres
• Estimated contain: Tuesday 8 p.m.
• Estimated control: Wednesday 8 p.m.

Beet Dump Fire
• Approximately two miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base
• Approximately 4,000+ acres
• Contained: Tuesday 1:30 p.m.
• Estimated control: Tuesday 5 p.m.

Grand Fire
• Near Firebird Raceway
• Approximately 20 acres
• The cause of this fire is being investigated. The BLM says explosions were heard in the area before the fire started.
• Contained: Tuesday 1:30 p.m.
• Estimated control: Wednesday 8 p.m.

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