Two fires sparked by lightning near Murphy

OWYHEE COUNTY -- One wildfire burning northwest of Murphy has been contained, and full containment is expected Saturday night on another fire just east of Murphy, the Boise District Bureau of Land Management said Saturday.

Lightning ignited both fires Friday evening.

The Chaulky fire, burning eight miles northwest of Murphy, has burned about 135 acres. It was contained at 11 p.m. Friday. Estimated control time is 6 p.m. Saturday.

Four engines and a water tender remained on that scene Saturday morning.

The Murphy Flat fire, located two miles southwest of Murphy, has grown to almost 1,000 acres. The BLM said Saturday that the fire had stopped growing, and crews have been working to secure the fire perimeter. The estimated containment time is 8 p.m. Saturday.

Seven engines, one dozer, one water tender, one helicopter and two hand crews are helping fight the Murphy Flat fire, as well as crews from the Murphy-Reynolds-Wilson Fire Department.

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