Karney Fire prompts more home evacuations
The Karney Fire, burning near the Wilderness Ranch subdivision in Boise County, was estimated at 250 acres with 15 percent containment late Tuesday afternoon. One structure was burned when the fire initially broke out. No additional structures have been lost.
The Boise County Sheriff late Tuesday afternoon issued evacuation notices for additional ten homes in a local area known as Kelly Gulch, off Robie Creek Road.
An evacuation notice also was issued at the same time for an additional 50 homes elsewhere in the Robie Creek area, and on one small street in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. About 80 homes have been notified about evacuations since the fire began. The majority of the homes are in the Robie Creek area.
The American Red Cross has set up an aid station at the Idaho City High School. School children who normally get dropped off at Wilderness Ranch were kept at the aid station for parent pickup.
A public information officer was stationed at the Wilderness Ranch Mail Center Tuesday to answer questions from area residents.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to fight the fire. The Type 2 team will bring with it additional personnel and equipment that are needed on the complex fire. The team will arrive in Boise on Wednesday and will likely begin its work on Thursday.
More than 100 fire fighters have been working on the fire continuously throughout the day.
The Boise County Sheriff's Department confirmed at a news conference Tuesday morning that one suspect has been arrested in connection with starting the fire.
The Karney Fire started on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Milepost 5.5 along Robie Creek Road. Fire crews were able to make good progress on the fire overnight Monday, corralling the fire by establishing a preliminary line around it.