Firefighters make progress against wildfires north of Boise

Fuels still dry despite cooler, more humid conditions

By Brad Carlson

Capital Press

Published on September 13, 2018 10:55AM

The 4,571-acre Wapiti Fire, 13 miles southwest of Stanley, Idaho, is 85 percent contained.

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The 4,571-acre Wapiti Fire, 13 miles southwest of Stanley, Idaho, is 85 percent contained.

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Wildland firefighters working in timberlands north of Boise fully controlled one fire, contained a bigger chunk of another and kept a larger fire in check as of midday Sept. 12.

“All are in steep, rocky terrain that challenges firefighters,” said Linda Steinhaus, a Boise National Forest public affairs specialist.

She said the 115-acre Casner Fire, 13 miles east of Lowman, was 40 percent contained around midday Sept. 12, up from 30 percent a day earlier. About 184 personnel remain after a 20-person crew was sent home Sept. 11.

“We did not have road access, so we had to use more helicopters,” Steinhaus said.

Crews fully contained the 26-acre German Fire around noon Sept. 12, she said. The fire is nine miles east of Idaho City.

The 4,571-acre Wapiti Fire, 13 miles southwest of Stanley, is 85 percent contained, the National Interagency Fire Center reported Sept. 11. Steinhaus on Sept. 12 said no change was reported and area closures near Grandjean remain in effect.

Crews so far have held fire lines on the three fires despite high winds in recent days. Fuels remain dry even as higher humidity and cooling temperatures help suppression efforts.

On the Casner Fire, firefighters are working to keep the fire north of Casner Creek and east of West Fork Casner Creek. Around all three fire sites, aircraft detection and patrol flights will continue until significant moisture arrives.



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