Firefighters making progress against Karney Fire
Firefighters made significant progress Wednesday on the estimated 350-acre Karney Fire, burning near Wilderness Ranch in Boise County. Firefighters successfully finished a burnout near Wilderness Ridge Road that kept fire crews working from midnight to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials say the fire is about 20 percent contained Over 220 personnel are now involved in the suppression effort.
Fire managers say the fire is holding, and the entire fire now is surrounded by either hose, hand line, or dozer line, which will act to prevent the spread of the fire beyond its current size.
Crews also were able to put out all spot fires that had started outside the fire boundaries.
Crews faced a challenging day fighting the fire Tuesday, officials say, but successfully saved three structures that were immediately threatened.
Still, only one structure has been lost, which was adjacent to the fire’s point of origin when it was started Monday around 4:30 p.m.
A Type 2 incident management team began work Wednesday evening. The team, consisting of about 45 people, brings in additional personnel and resources to help the firefighting effort. Currently, there are 18 engines, 6 crews and 3 dozers working on the fire.
The Karney Fire is located about ten miles northeast of Boise and 5.5 miles north of Highway 21.
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