BOISE NATIONAL FOREST -- A lightning storm sparked seven new fires in the Boise National Forest Wednesday night. All are less than five acres, according to forest officials.

Helicopters, fire crews and engines are already at work battling the flames. The swift response came after fire officials positioned resources in the area in expectation of new fires.

The largest of the seven blazes is the five-acre Crooked Fire burning six miles south of Kirkham. The other six are all one acre or smaller.

But hot and dry weather coupled with more lightning forecast for the next few days remains a concern. Officials ask those visiting the forest to be extremely careful with fire and flammable material to avoid more starts.

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