Fire burning near Anderson Ranch Reservoir

lime creek

Photo by the U.S. Forest Service

If you’re headed up to Anderson Ranch Reservoir for the holiday weekend, be aware that there is a fire burning.

The Lime Creek Fire, located about a mile southeast of the reservoir has grown to about 30 to 40 acres Wednesday (July 3) morning, the Forest Service said.

The fire which began Tuesday morning was initially attacked by five Smokejumpers from McCall, but by late evening the fire had grown to approximately 30 acres. 

No structures are threatened and recreationists in the Anderson Ranch area should not be affected by the fire other than potentially seeing, or smelling smoke, the federal agency said. 

The fire is burning in grass and timber.  Accessibility is an issue with containment, due to a lack of roads in the area, according to Dave Olson, Forest Service spokesman.

A 20-person hand crew is being shuttled to the Wednesday, bringing the total number of firefighters on the fire to about 25.  Four hand crews, ordered last night to help suppress the fire, have not arrived yet.  Today a heavy lift helicopter with a water bucket will assist the ground forces, and two Single Engine air tankers are available as needed. 

The Boise National Forest received heavy lightning Tuesday night and two fires were reported this morning.  One is north of the Lime Creek Fire and a helicopter will be used to shuttle in a hand crew.  The other, reported north of Lucky Peak Reservoir has not been located, but an airplane will check the area, along with other portions of the national forest.

Lightning is forecast again today.

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