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"Shoo Fly", "Cow" and "Swan" are among latest fires

Posted at 9:57 AM, Aug 23, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management said multiple new wildfires were reported to Boise Dispatch as a result of the thunderstorm activity that moved quickly through the region Thursday afternoon. Quick response by fire crews has kept most of the fires relatively small. Fire lookouts and detection planes will continue to monitor the area for any additional fire activity.

The Shoo Fly Fire is burning 23 miles southwest of Grandview, ID and has consumed approximately 100 acres. Resources on scene include 4 engines, 1 dozer, and 1 water tender. Multiple single engine air tankers (SEAT’s) assisted ground resources with retardant drops to help corral the fire. Containment is estimated for midnight Friday with control estimated at 8:00 p/m.

The Cow Fire is located just east of the Oregon border south of Jordan Valley, OR and is estimated at 25 acres. Two engines from the Vale BLM are working the fire with assistance from the Owyhee Rural Fire Protection Association.

The Orchard Fire is located 10 miles south of I-84 just west of Simco Road. Two BLM engines and resources from the Orchard Training Range responded to the fire which burned approximately 20 acres. All forward progression has been stopped at this time, but no contain or control times have been determined.

The Rough Fire was detected just south of Juniper Mountain. The fire is currently small in size and being staffed by 2 smokejumpers.

The Swan Fire ignited along Swan Falls Road approximately 3 miles north of Swan Falls Dam. It grew to 64 acres before burning into roads and dying out. The fire was called contained at 6:30 PM and called controlled at 8:00 p.m.

The Chance Fire is currently burning in the Owyhee River Wilderness approximately 60 miles south of Jordan Valley just north of the Nevada border. The latest report has the fire at 150 acres displaying creeping fire behavior with intermittent runs of more active fire. The fire is currently being staffed by 6 smokejumpers due to its remote location. Some retardant drops by SEAT’s were used to check the fire’s spread.

The Juni Fire located 32 miles south of Jordan Valley, OR is now 40 % contained and has been mapped at 2,226 acres. Burnouts along Juniper Mountain and Mud Flat Roads were completed yesterday. Fire crews are now focusing on securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots. Full containment of the fire is expected for tomorrow.