July 21, 2013 in Region

Jet retardant bomber called in on Idaho wildfires

Associated Press

BOISE — A DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber flew into Idaho as part of an aggressive early attack on a pair of central Idaho wildfires that have forced evacuations at two campgrounds and a Boy Scout camp.

Paul Sever of the Central Idaho Fire Center says the jumbo tanker flew in from southern California Saturday afternoon and made effective drops on the 50-acre Bradley fire and the 600-acre Lodgepole fire.

He says firefighters on Sunday are optimistic about containing the fires.

Authorities say the Bradley fire detected about 4 p.m. Saturday 15 miles northwest of Stanley forced the evacuation of about 25 people from the Bradley Boy Scout Camp and 75 from Beaver Creek Campground.

The Lodgepole fire detected about noon Saturday 15 miles west of Challis forced an unknown number of people to leave the Mosquito Flat Campground.

No injuries have been reported.

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