The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Boise District on July 4 responded to six southern Idaho wildfires, including at least two impacting agricultural ground.
The 52-acre Pump Fire started about 15 miles south of Mountain Home, on the south side of the Snake River in Owyhee County. The fire was near irrigation pumping equipment, said Jared Jablonski, with BLM’s Fire Information and Prevention Office. Crews contained it late July 4 and controlled it around 4:30 p.m. on July 5. An engine and a water tender responded.
The Five Cent Fire, about three miles southwest of Mountain Home Air Force Base and affecting a BLM grazing allotment, was reported at more than 550 acres July 4 and had grown to 2,640 by July 5.
Jablonski said the Five Cent Fire — to which two dozers, four engines and a water tender responded — progressed to the Snake River Canyon just past C.J. Strike Reservoir. He said July 6 it was not yet known how much the fire has affected the Airbase Allotment, a BLM grazing allotment consisting of the 3,806-acre Pasture No. 7 (Snake River Field) and the 1,118-acre Pasture No. 12 (Airbase River) near the river rim.
“Crews are close to halting progress of active flames,” Jablonski said. “We don’t expect a lot more acreage growth in that fire.” Fire crews contained Five Cent Fire around 2:30 p.m. July 5 and expect to control it by around 6 p.m. July 6.
Boise BLM said it contained the 43-acre Charcoal Fire, three miles northeast of Lucky Peak Dam east of Boise, at around 2:30 p.m. July 5 and controlled it around 8 that night. A helicopter, two engines, a hand crew and a dozer responded.
BLM crews on July 4 controlled the 9-acre Dewy fire 10 miles west of Emmett, the 1-acre Nicolsen Fire 10 miles southwest of Boise and the 0.1-acre Cove Rec Fire eight miles northwest of Bruneau.
“We did not have any reported dry lightning yesterday (July 4) so all of these fires are suspected to be human-caused,” Jablonski said. The causes of all fires remained under investigation as of July 5.
Boise BLM also on July 5 assisted King Hill Rural Fire Department with a small fire alongside Interstate 84 near King Hill.