Wildfires near Garden Valley just 5% contained

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho -- A public meeting is scheduled for 6 o'clock tonight at the Centerville Community Center to update residents on the firefighting effort.

A picture from the Trinity Lookout shows the sun rising above thick smoke and haze this morning.

The Whiskey Complex's two fires have burned more than 5,700 acres, and containment as of this morning was at five percent.

Fire behavior specialists describe the vegetation that's fueling the fires in the Whiskey Complex as very dry, something that we would typically see in late August.

Crews finished clearing brush along the South Fork Payette River Road yesterday -- that's on the north and east flanks of the Wash Fire.

The south flank of that fire is about a mile and a half from Pioneerville. Keeping the fire from advancing there is a priority.

Sixty homes along the South Fork Payette River Road and ten homes in Pioneerville are still under a voluntary evacuation issued by the Boise County Sheriff.

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The South Fork Payette River Road and Grimes Pass Road north of Placerville are closed.

A camp with about 115 people has been established at Centerville to help reduce travel time for fire crews getting to the south side of the fire.

The Hot Springs Campground is closed, but all other campgrounds in the Boise National Forest are open.

The South Fork of the Payette River is still open for boating, but rafters are asked to be alert for helicopters in the immediate fire area.

The Banks to Lowman Road, Highway 17, is open but smoky and travelers are urged to use caution.


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