Wildfire season

Firefighters in Idaho were battling several fires on July 15.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Boise District crews July 15 continued to fight several range fires that ignited over the weekend in southwest Idaho, impacting more than 2,800 acres.

The impact on grazing allotments was yet to be determined, Fire Information and Prevention Officer Jared Jablonski said. Lightning caused most of the fires.

He said crews as of early July 15 had established a fire line around the Heart Fire, near Heart Gulch about 15 miles southeast of Weiser. BLM expected crews to contain the fire at 8 p.m. July 15 and control it 24 hours later, a district news release said. Eleven organizations are supplying personnel or equipment to fight the fire, which was not threatening structures. Other fires reported in the region were:

• BLM said the 1,110-acre Canmay Fire was contained late July 13 and was expected to be controlled by 6 p.m. July 15. The fire was smoldering about 8 miles north of Mountain Home, near the intersection of Canyon Creek and Mayfield roads.

• The 86-acre Alkie Fire was expected to be contained around noon July 15 and controlled at 8 that night, Jablonski said. The fire, about 20 miles southeast of Weiser near Dry Creek, has been creeping but not threatening structures.

• The 165.8-acre Lock Fire was controlled just after 6 p.m. July 14 near Lockman Butte, about five miles northwest of Mountain Home.

• The 32-acre Lydle Fire was contained early July 14 and was expected to be controlled on July 15. The fire was smoldering near Bonneville Point, about 10 miles southeast of Boise.

• The Pen Fire was controlled just after 10 p.m. July 14, BLM reported. The 17.5-acre fire, above Diversion Dam about four miles southeast of Boise, is suspected to be human-caused and remains under investigation.

• The 7.7-acre Bonneville Fire was contained early July 13 near Blacks Creek Road, about 11 miles south of Boise. It was expected to be controlled on July 15.

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