Karney Fire now threatening Wilderness Ranch homes
Fire crews say they made good progress on the Karney Fire Near Idaho City overnight, corralling the fire by establishing a preliminary line around it.
However, according to officials, the fire jumped a portion of the fire line early Tuesday morning, near the Robie Creek Road, in an area called Mitchell Gulch.
This flare-up now threatens an additional 75 to 100 homes in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision area, northeast of Robie Creek.
The Boise County Sheriff’s Office is implementing additional evacuations on the Rush Creek Road and the top portion of Evergreen Road, both of which are in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. The evacuation orders from Monday are still in effect along the Robie Creek Road.
Fire managers have ordered four more crews. Air tankers and helicopters are now being used to attack the fire.
Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator John Roberts said a vacant home adjacent to where the fire started was burned Monday, but no other structures have been destroyed.
The Idaho Department of Lands is the lead agency battling the fire, which is currently burning on private land. A mutual aid response to fight the fire includes the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and various rural fire departments from the area.