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Crews continue to battle 2 lightning-caused wildfires in the Boise National Forest

The fires, which both started on Monday, July 27, have burned about 150 acres combined.
Credit: Boise National Forest
A plume of smoke from a fire in the Boise National Forest.

IDAHO CITY, Idaho — Crews are continuing to fight two lightning-caused wildfires burning in the Boise National Forest.

The fires both sparked on Monday and have since burned about 150 acres combined, according to fire officials.

The 109-acre Golden Fire is burning about three miles southwest of Coulter Summit in the Idaho City Ranger District.

Managers report that the fire activity has been "moderate" with isolated torching and short-range spotting. Crews have been successful at keeping the fire from growing dramatically. 

Officials asked that people recreating in the area avoid National Forest System roads 399, 319 and 379. They noted that the area is very popular with people using off-road vehicles and don't want fire crews to be competing with recreationists for the roads. 

More than 130 personnel are assigned to the Golden Fire.

Meanwhile, the Warm Fire, located about three miles south of Bull Trout Lake, is now 25% contained.

According to fire officials, the fire has shown minimal activity and is currently about 41 acres in size.

Aerial resources continue to be used as needed to assist ground crews in containing and mopping up the fire. 

The Warm Springs airstrip is closed.

With hot, dry weather expected over the coming days, officials said crews will continue to work hard to contain the fires over the next few days.

Forest officials asked the public to be extremely careful with all flammable materials and to put their campfires completely out, stirring the coals and ashes with water.

With temperatures increasing and humidity decreasing, fuels are drying out quickly and the potential for wildfire ignitions rises daily, officials said.

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