Growth slows as containment efforts continue on 3,000-acre Billy Creek Fire

Fire flames
Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 04, 2024

UPDATE: According to the Idaho Department of Lands, efforts to contain the Billy Creek Fire are expected to continue in the coming days.

The fire is now 33% contained and has only grown by 169 acres from July 4 to July 8.

7:00 P.M. July 4th 2024, The Billy Creek fire has rapidly grown to over 3,000 acres with structures around a mile away. Some structure protection is in place through air support along the Snake River.

A large fire in northern Idaho is continuing to grow and threaten structures just south of Lewiston.

The Billy Creek Fire now covers 2,000 acres according to the Idaho Department of Lands, and erratic winds in the area are raising concerns for nearby structures.

Fire crews are working to ensure the buildings in the area do not catch fire. So far five smokejumpers, two single-engine air tankers, two type-1 helicopters, one type-3 helicopter, 4 large air tankers, three 20-person crews, and other resources have been called to the area to assist in controlling the fire.

The fire was reported in the afternoon on July 3. So far, no evacuation orders are in place.