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Idaho Fire Forces Four Campground Closures

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September 3, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The 9,000-acre Raft Fire is seen Aug. 30 east of the Snake River in the Payette National Forest. Photo courtesy of the Payette National Forest

A complex of fires burning in the Payette National Forest in central Idaho forced the closure of four campgrounds just in time for the holiday weekend.

The Weiser Complex Fire has torched 25,000 acres and is 45% contained, Payette National Forest officials said Sunday (Sept. 1), the Idaho Press-Tribune, Nampa, reported

“This was a tough weekend to have fires on the district as Labor Day weekend brings hundreds of people into the forest,” Weiser District Ranger Greg Leach said in a news release. “Added is the fact that hunting season opened and this is a popular hunting area. We are working to reopen the area as soon as possible, but a date has not been set as we need to focus on these fires for now.”

The campgrounds include Spring Creek, Kawanis, Justrite and Paradise. More than 560 personnel are battling the fire burning 20 miles northwest of Midvale.

The Thunder City Fire, also in the Payette National Forest, was threatening structures in the historic Thunder Mountain Mining District. The blaze has reached 14,000 acres and is 15% contained. It has run into an area burned in the 2007 Goat Fire, and is not expected to move rapidly through that area.

Meanwhile, full containment was reached Saturday for the Beaver Creek Fire, which had charred more than 110,000 acres north of Hailey. That was thwarted by the discovery of hot spots in heavier fuels near Wolftone Creek.

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