BOISE COUNTY -- The Karney Fire unexpectedly took off Monday; starting around 4:30pm and by Monday evening had burned 75 acres.
From Idaho State Highway 21, drivers could see several helicopters; dropping buckets of water and circling the skies above Robie Creek Road. Those helicopters were fiercely attacking the fire, yet winds helped it move to the northeast.
The Boise County Sheriff’s office went door-to-door telling residents who live on Robie Creek Road to evacuate quickly. Meantime, the road was blocked to traffic where the it meets the Robie Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Residents, Nolene Weaver waited anxiously, and said she was separated with her husband, he was at their home up the road, and she was trapped at the road block.
“They are evacuating houses on the right side and my husband is up there. He hasn’t come down that I can see but they aren’t letting anyone up there and there is no cell phones service,” said Weaver.
However, her spirits were still high, Weaver even joked about being stranded at the road block with her fellow neighbors.
“We all kidded and said if we wanted to get to know each other, better we should have baked cookies and gone door to door.”
For a moment some, living in the forested area of Robie Creek though their “neck of the woods” was safe from fire this fire season.
“It’s awfully dry,” said Weaver. “They are draining water out of the reservoir, the helicopters have to travel some distance. It’s been a hot, dry summer,” said Weaver.
Darcy Smidt was in the same situation Monday evening, and saw the fire as they traveled home from Boise.
“It ‘s kind of scary, we have a house up there with animals in it and we can’t get up there so, it’s kind of scary,” said Smidt.
The Boise National Forest said the Karney Fire is being fought with mutual aid from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, Rural Fire Departments from Robie Creek, Wilderness Ranch, and Clear Creek. The fire started at around milepost 5 on Robie Creek Road.
As of Monday, one home was confirmed lost, and 12 other homes were considered in immediate danger of the fire.
“We are working as diligently as we can and our firefighters are doing everything they possibly can to get things under control and get people back home,” said Boise National Forest Spokesperson John Calabrese.
Weaver said she was confident her husband would be all right, but couldn’t help but think about him and her fellow neighbors and their homes too.
“It’s just the uncertainty of not knowing, what it’s doing, and where my husband is and where my neighbors are and if anyone has been hurt,” she said.
Monday evening KTVB also spoke with Robie Creek resident, Ross Fenner.
Fenner said he smelled the fire and immediately started to pack up his truck with belongings. He said in just a matter of moments he saw the fire 50 yards from his home and the sky went black.
What could have started the fire is under investigation.
As of late Monday evening, Boise County dispatchers said they were not aware if residents were allowed back into their homes.