BOISE -- The Boise Bureau of Land Management has been very busy the past few days fighting fires on an estimated 139,000 acres in their jurisdiction. The BLM says some of those fires were cause by humans and more than likely could have been avoided if people had been more careful.
The BLM says on average, 75 percent of the fires they're called to are caused by humans. Although the majority of those fires are accidents, they say it's important for people to be aware of their surroundings whenever they are on or near public lands. BLM officials say it s especially important now because the conditions out there are so dry.
Within just the past three days five large wildfires in southern Idaho have all been caused by humans. In total, those fires have charred an estimated 17,000 acres. The BLM says human caused fires are started in a number of ways.
The Dry Creek Fire early Wednesday near Bogus Basin was a caused by a campfire that wasn't properly extinguished. The BLM says it's important to make sure your campfire is completely out and that it is cool to the touch.
Fires can also be caused by vehicles, people parking hot cars on dry grass or chains from trailers hitting the road, causing sparks.
The BLM says it's important for people to be aware of just how high the fire danger is.
I think a lot of times people don't realize how easy it can be to start a fire especially in the summer when the fuels are really dry, said Mallory Eils, Boise District BLM.
The BLM says they will try to recoup costs from someone who is found to have started a fire intentionally or if they were found negligent.