Crews battling three lightning-caused wildfires near Castleford

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 16:41:41-04

Ground crews and aircraft are fighting three lightning-caused wildfires in southcentral Idaho that are currently burning in grass and brush.

The largest of the fires ballooned to 47 square miles Wednesday and is about 26 miles southwest of the town of Castleford.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Kelsey Brizendine says hot, dry, and windy conditions are making firefighting challenging.

Another 14-square-mile fire is burning about eight miles north of the town of Gooding and is threatening structures, but no evacuations have been ordered.

A six-square-mile fire is burning about seven miles southeast of Castleford.

Ranchers with various Rangeland Fire Protection Associations are also taking part in firefighting.

Brizendine says a lightning storm without much rain moved through the area on Sunday and Monday.

(by Associated Press)