The Moose Fire grew to more than 74,470 acres — 116 square miles — on Wednesday, but firefighters are making progress on containing the blaze.
The fire, burning southwest of North Fork near Salmon, started on July 17. The blaze is currently 21% contained, with full containment estimated for Sept. 15, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management InciWeb website.
So far, no injuries or major property damage have been reported from the fire, although two pilots assisting with the fire were killed in a helicopter crash on the Salmon River on July 21. There are currently 10 helicopters helping with the Moose Fire, along with 66 engines and some 1,432 firefighters. The fire, which is human-caused, is still under investigation.
Recently, engine crews have been responding to spot fires northeast of Jackass Ridge. Firefighters also have extended containment lines along the U.S. Highway 93 corridor.
East Idaho News
The lightning caused Woodtick Fire has burned 5,531 acres, and the lightning caused Norton Fire has burned 407 acres.
Cloud conditions were seen over the fire areas Wednesday bringing cooler conditions and moisture with the monsoonal low-pressure system coming in from the south the day before. Damper conditions are favorable for reducing fire behavior Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms are to be expected throughout the weekend, with the potential for wetting rain and light winds, with smoke less visible from nearby communities than in past days.
Fire behavior was quiet Wednesday, with minimal growth due to precipitation over the fire area and the incoming cold front in the afternoon. Although both fires receive and expect moisture throughout the weekend, these showers will not entirely extinguish the fire. Even though wet conditions are present, fire still has the potential to spread.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls
PHOTO: Neighbors came out to breakfast and supported the Paradise Valley Fire Department at their pancake breakfast Saturday, Aug. 6.
All ages were in attendance with neighbors new and long-term catching up and being introduced over hearty huckleberry pancakes, bacon and a cup of joe. Kids were amazed by the new fire truck as a PVFD volunteer showed them the new equipment and let the little ones sit in the truck.
Volunteers also emphasize the importance of volunteering at the fire department.
Paradise Valley Fire District is a 65-square-mile rural fire district located southeast of the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The district currently maintains two fire stations to protect the lives and property of the 2,600 Paradise Valley residents, who make up nearly 25% of Boundary County’s total population.
Bonners Ferry Herald