ITD reopens Highway 55 after Springs Fire caused dangerous conditions
The Idaho Transportation Department opened Highway 55 this morning at 8:00 a.m., with a pilor car leading traffic. Delays from 15 to 30 minutes should be anticipated in that area of the fire from Milepost 79 to 82.
According to the Boise National Forest, the Springs Fire had moderate growth yesterday due to lower winds and a cloud cover which reduced temperatures. The fire advanced mostly to the north, now crossing Zimmer Creek which is about 5 miles north of Banks. A smoke inversion this morning will slow fire activity, but fire managers are concerned that it will increase when it lifts later today.
Highway 17 (Banks – Lowman Road) traffic restrictions have been lifted as of this morning. Travelers are asked to drive slowly and cautiously in the immediate fire area due to fire traffic and the potential for rocks or other debris being on the road.
The approximately 3100 acre Springs Fire is a challenging fire to fight due to the steep terrain and hot temperatures, but progress is being made.
There is no estimate of containment. Nearly 240 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with hand crews, engines, helicopters and air tankers involved.
Rafters on the South Fork Payette River will need to use caution traveling the river where the helicopters are dipping. The river is currently open.