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BOISE -- Several small fires have sparked in the Payette National Forest in the last few days, according to forest service officials.

Meanwhile, a handful of other major fires continue to burn in west-central Idaho in parts of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, along with the Franch Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Firefighters report two fires in the Krassel Ranger District have burned about one-quarter of an acre each over the weekend. The Day Off Fire is located 3 miles east of Krassel Work Station. The Rainbow Fire is 5 miles northeast of Yellowpine. Both are expected to be contained by Sunday.

The quarter-acre Blue Fire started east of the Snake River near Council and has been contained.

Firefighters say several spot fires in the McCall Ranger District near Johnson Creek were similarly contained.


The 10-acre Jungle Fire located 6 miles northeast of Lick Creek Summit near McCall is on monitor status due to burned areas surrounding it.


Firefighters say both the Hells Canyon Fire and Raft Fire are entering their final stages of control. Both fires are burning a combined 29,456 acres in the rugged Hells Canyon and are roughly 90-percent contained. About 200 fire personnel are still fighting the flames.

More specifically, crews continue to fight active flames inside the Raft Fire near its southeast section closest to Brownlee Reservoir. They report good progress in the Cottonwood Canyon area near the fire's northeast boundary.

The Hells Canyon Fire is 100-percent contained. Forest service officials report muddy roads have restricted heavy equipment from entering the area, and rehabbing dozer lines.

Temporary flight restrictions have been reduced, and will remain in effect over the Raft Fire. Helicopters are expected to fly missions to support crews until full containment.

Officials say the following campgrounds are reopening: Spring Creek, Kawanis, Justrite, and Paradise. Reservations at the Spring Creek Campground will be made on a first come, first serve basis for the remainder of the season. More information


Firefighters say this 320-acre fire is burning four miles east of Gibbonsville, Idaho in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. They say access is limited due to lack of roads in the area. Only one hand crew and limited resources are fighting the fire, which is said to be minimal at this time. More information


Fire managers report four fires actively burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the biggest being the 14,000-acre Thunder City Fire. Other fires include the 600-acre Coxey Fire near Big Creek, Silver Fire near the Big Creek Airstrip, and the Trail Point Fire near the Stibnite Mining District. They report reduced fire activity in these locations in the last two days due to rain.

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