Fourteen new fires in Boise National Forest result from lightning Saturday
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Lighting storms Saturday afternoon and evening led to several new fires throughout the day within the Boise National Forest.
The Boise Dispatch Office responded to a total of 14 fires.
A total of thirteen fires were staffed. Four of the fires were covered by Idaho Department of Lands personnel which has fire protection responsibility for some national forest system lands.
All of the fires have stayed small, generally an acre or less. Fire management teams were ready for the forecasted lightning. When possible, firefighters were moved from contained fires to new fires.
The fires are being fought by a combination of helicopter rappel firefighters, smokejumpers, helitack firefighters, engines and crews, along with air support by helicopter water drops and air tanker retardant.
Saturday afternoon aircraft operations were temporarily grounded due to very high and gusty winds north of Cascade as a result of thunder cells. Operations resumed later in the day.