BOISE- Nine states in the West are facing wildfires, stretching local resources. As fire season heats up, firefighters from Idaho are doing their part.
Warmer, drier weather brings us into wildfire season.
Every area in the country has its own wildfire season, said Mallory Eils of the Boise District Bureau of Land Management.
Mallory Eils said it starts earlier in the Southwest than here in Idaho. Thousands of acres in states like New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado are charred. Many people are left without homes as a result.
My house is gone and now I'm not going to have a home and I have no place to go, cried one Colorado woman.
Fires are stretching local resources to their limits, and forcing them to get outside help. Some of those resources are coming from the Boise BLM.
The fire community in general has a really great system of resource sharing set up so that they can pull resources in from other parts of the country, said Eils.
Boise BLM along with the Boise National Forest, and Southwest Idaho Department of Lands have firefighters in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming right now.
The Twin Falls District BLM and the Sawtooth National Forest have crews in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.
Our fire danger is not as high as it is down in New Mexico, Arizona, and especially in Utah, and so if we have folks that are available. It's great experience for them, and there's a need so why not go down and help them out, said Nathan Lancaster, a Forest Fire Management Officer for the Sawtooth National Forest.
However, that doesn't mean Idaho will be shorthanded.
Our fire managers keep an eye on the amount of resources that we have because we want to make sure that we are still staffed enough to deal with our local wildfire incidents, explained Eils.
Eils said Boise BLM has had five wildfires since Sunday.
Idaho's wildfire season is May through October, but is at its worst in July, August and September.