Crews stay busy battling wildfires all across Idaho
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While firefighters are battling the largest fire in the state - the Elk Complex near Mountain Home, the Beaver Creek Fire in the Hailey/Ketchum area and the Little Queens Fire near Atlanta - a number of crews are being kept busy attacking blazes in other areas of Idaho
Officials tell us fire personnel have responded to a new fire start in the Mink Mountain area, about four miles south of Council. They said the fire is likely human-caused and is currently reported at five acres, along about a one-mile stretch of the highway. No structures are threatened at this time.
The Howard Fire, eight miles east of Riggins, and three miles south of the main Salmon River, is estimated at 196 acres and 25% contained. Fire activity on Friday has been minimal and personnel are holding the fire in place. Trail closures are in effect for some areas near the fire.
The Thunder City Fire, which started four miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District, is estimated at 12,796 acres and is only about 15% contained, according to fire managers. Fire activity on Friday has been minimal. The fire has reached Holy Terror Creek and Lookout Mountain. Structures are threatened in the historic mining areas. Some area closures are in effect.
The Silver Fire, ten miles northeast of Big Creek -- within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness -- is 1,332 acres and is 0% contained. The fire is actively burning and spreading to the east.
The Trail Point Fire, 17 miles northwest of Chamberlain Basin within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, is 100 acres and is also 0% contained. The fire is activity burning and moving in a southerly direction.