MOUNTAIN HOME -- A brush fire that broke out Sunday evening has burned about 10,000 acres, including five acres of Mountain Home Air Force Base. Officials believe the fire was human caused.
In order to control the Southsim Fire, Mountain Home Air Force Base firefighters started a back fire. A back fire is a small fire set on purpose to help slow the progress of a larger fire.
Our Gunfighters on the fire line did an outstanding job creating a fire break and stopping the fire from coming further on to the base, said Col. Ron Buckley, 366th Fighter Wing commander. Their fast action, along with the outstanding efforts of firefighters from The City of Mountain Home, Grandview and the BLM, truly showed the team work and expertise we have in battling fires in southwest Idaho.
It took nearly 60 firefighters to fight the grass fire.
We have extinguished the fire on base, however our work is not done, said Buckley. Our firefighters will now support the efforts of local area fire departments who continue to fight this fire off base.
All flying operations on the base were put on hold and people were required to evacuate. A building on the airfield may have sustained minor damage.
The fire has been contained.
BLM Fire Information Officer Mallory Eils says the Blair Fire, burning northwest of Glenns Ferry, remains a high priority for firefighters. The wildfire is burning grass and brush and in rocky terrain and canyons. It has blackened around 38,000 acres so far.
Containment for this lightning-caused fire is expected on Thursday around 8 p.m. This fire is north of King Hill.
Eils says the BLM is working to create a Type 3 incident management team for this fire.
Big Hill Fire
The Big Hill Fire has blackened around 67,000 acres. It is burning in a flat area covered by grass and sage between Highway 51 and the Bruneau River Canyon.
A lot of resources are fighting this fire including a helicopter, 10 engines, 3 dozers and 2 water tenders.
The fire was contained around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Lightning is believed to have ignited the fire.
The lightning caused Morrow Fire has charred about 1,207 acres four miles northwest of Glenns Ferry. It is under control.
This lightning-caused fire has burned 126 acres of rangeland about 12 miles east of Mountain Home. Eils says the flames have been knocked down and resources from this fire have been sent to combat other fires in southern Idaho.
Forest Fire near Yellow Pine
Dave Olson, Fire Information Officer with the Boise National Forest, says a small forest fire broke out this afternoon in a heavily forested area near Yellow Pine. At last word, the fire had burned just a half acre, but since it is in heavy timber it is a cause for concern.
Several smokejumpers have been sent to the area to fight the fire.