BOISE -- Firefighters say a 300-acre wildfire burning near Lucky Peak Reservoir was likely human caused.
BLM dispatchers say there was no lightning in the area when the Turner Fire sparked around 5 p.m. Monday, leading them to believe the flames were caused by people.
The fire quickly burned a section of the remote Turner Gulch near Lucky Peak. Firefighters say the flames were hard to fight because of the steep terrain, limited access, and record high temperatures.
However, Monday's 110-degree heat wasn't the biggest challenge, according to fire information officer Mallory Eis with Boise District BLM.
Probably our biggest challenge today was access to the fire, Eils told KTVB. Since it is burning across the reservoir, there are no roads that immediately let into it. The sheriff's department did help us out by boating some resources across and then some of our other resources are attacking it from the top.
Crews were scheduled to work through the night to contain the fire. At last check, BLMand other agency crews were to be briefed for a day of firefghting on Tuesday.
BLMofficials say the fire was contained by 8 p.m. Tuesday, and should be controlled sometime Wednesday evening.
The BLM had six engines, one water tender, and two dozers assigned to the fire as of Monday. Crews were assisted by one U.S. Forest Service engine, one Idaho Department of Lands engine, and one Idaho Department of Lands hand crew.
Aircraft resources included one air attack, one type-1 helicopter, one type-2 helicopter, one type-3 helicopter, one single engine air tanker, and one heavy air tanker.