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Double burnout planned to protect Lowman from wildfire

Firefighters have set up sprinkler systems on homes in a central Idaho town and also plan to start two simultaneous burnouts Thursday to stop a 78-square-mile wildfire from coming down a creek drainage that funnels into the community. Winds switched to coming out of the northwest, prompting fire managers to make the call for the double-burnout...

Structure protection efforts start as wildfire nears Lowman

Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems to protect buildings in the central Idaho town of Lowman as a wildfire on Wednesday expanded to 75 square miles. Officials say slightly cooler weather and winds from the northwest should help firefighters trying to prevent flames from reaching...

Drone sighting again grounds firefighters, as Pioneer Fire grows

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain and pushed by winds expanded to 42 square miles Sunday as firefighters had to abandon fire lines and drones once again interfered with aircraft operations. About 1,200 firefighters are battling the blaze burning about 8 miles north of Idaho City that's expanding to the east and north...

Pioneer Fire crosses state Highway 21

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain on Thursday crossed a state highway fire officials had hoped to use as a firebreak. Officials say the 20-square-mile blaze burning west to east crossed state Highway 21 about 5 miles south of Lowman. About 23 miles of the highway are closed from north of Idaho City to south of Lowman...

Central Idaho wildfire grows to 3 square miles

A central Idaho wildfire burning in brush and timber more than doubled in size Friday to 3 square miles, and a national incident team has taken over management of the blaze.

Wildfire just east of Boise up to 4,446 acres

The Mile Marker 14 fire, which started yesterday near Lucky Peak, is up to 4,446 acres and is burning in grass and sage in steep and rocky terrain, the BLM reports today. Highway 21 has reopened, but motorists are asked to use caution. Rocky Canyon...

Fast-growing wildfire near Lucky Peak chars 1,000+ acres, still spreading

Less than three weeks ago, the Table Rock fire on Boise’s eastern edge charred 1,500 acres of tinder-dry hillsides, destroyed one home and threatened hundreds more. Now, it’s happening again. The Mile Marker 14 fire was first reported near Hilltop Station this afternoon; it quickly...

Crews attacking wildfire near Idaho City, campers evacuated

Fire crews are fighting a central Idaho wildfire eight miles north of Idaho City and campers in the area have been evacuated. Officials say the fire burning in timber and grass on Tuesday is 100 acres in size and that about 50 firefighters are at the scene with more are being called in, including aircraft...

Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday toured a massive wildfire rehabilitation effort in southwest Idaho that's part of the federal government's new wildfire strategy and then announced $10 million for projects in 12 states to reduce wildfire threats. The money is part of the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program intended to restore...

Feds plan $1M worth of forest restoration work in northern Idaho

The U.S. Forest Service is spending just over $1 million in northern Idaho to shore up areas scorched by massive wildfires last summer. The agency on Monday announced the plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests aimed at stabilizing roads and trails, preventing erosion, keeping out invasive species and removing hazard...