Air support helps Boise District BLM suppress Lucky Peak fire

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 22:28:09-04

BOISE, Idaho — On Saturday night, two fires started close to each other near Lucky Peak Reservoir.

The Boise District BLM responded quickly, and with the help of air support was able to to the fire from spreading.

The two fires burned an estimated 150-acres but did not threaten any structures.

The BLM expects to have the fire contained by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday as they mop up the remaining hot spots, they expect to have the fire controlled by 8:00 p.m. on Monday.

"We had a lot of aerial resources on that fire, we had a very large air tanker and some single-engine air tankers drop on that fire," said Jared Jablonski of the Boise District BLM. "We had a lot of resources on the ground as well."

The close proximity to the airport certainly helped, but so did being close to Lucky Peak Reservoir, which enabled a pair of helicopters to dump water on the fire quickly.

"They were dipping out of Lucky Peak, and that helped significantly," said Jablonski.

The BLM is still investigating the cause of the fire, but they believe it was human-caused.

The National Weather Service has issued another red flag warning for Monday, which is in effect from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.