Winds Spread Whiskey Complex Fire
A Type 1 incident management team has been called to lead firefighting efforts in the Garden Valley area in the Boise National Forest, where three large fires are burning after lightning strikes Sunday.
The Whiskey Complex fire is still giving fire crews problems, due to wind and hot temperatures in the area.
The Wash Fire, about three miles east of Garden Valley is estimated at about 970 acres and is the top priority for firefighters, due to its closeness to homes.
The Grimes Fire, five miles east of Garden Valley, is estimated at 270 acres. The Calder Fire is 260 acres in size, and is burning in remote, inaccessible terrain about four miles east of Garden Valley. Meanwhile, the 85 acre Blue Jay Fire is burning in a remote area about 17 miles east of Lowman. No structures are threatened.
The Boise County Sheriff's office implemented a voluntary evacuation that includes all homes in the Pioneerville area. Officials say the Banks to Lowman Road (Highway 17) is open, but smokey and travelers are asked to use caution.