8-2-2021 - Deer Fire was contained.
Fire crews responded to a wildfire reported at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The lightning caused Deer Fire is located 3 miles north of Arrowrock Dam within the Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.
The fire started in grass and sagebrush the fire burned quickly up the steep and rugged terrain into a string of timber and is moving east in the direction of the Cottonwood Guard Station.
Fire acreage remained the same since yesterday and containment increased to 80 percent as fire crews secured direct handline around the fire’s perimeter. Aerial resources provided support cooling areas of intense heat as ground crew began mop up to secure the line and prevent spotting.
Due to the significant precipitation that occurred over the fire area last night and this morning, fire managers are reassessing the situation and deciding how best to move forward today, keeping firefighter safety and fire containment as a top priority. With more rain expected, flash flooding remains a concern in the burned area.
Boise National Forest fire managers/fuels specialists would like to remind visitors that despite the rain, the Forest is still very dry and remains in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Given these drought conditions, Forest officials ask the public to be extremely careful and Know Before You Go.
Public and firefighter safety concerns are the top priority. Motorists should use caution driving along the Arrowrock road (#268) corridor and expect to encounter fire traffic and delays as crews work to suppress the fire. There are currently no closures in effect.
A strong upper level high pressure will continue with hot temperatures. Monsoon moisture will bring a chance of thunderstorms to southern and eastern areas on Saturday and Sunday. Cooler temperatures are expected Saturday through Monday. Flash flooding is possible with thunderstorms Saturday afternoon through Sunday night, primarily in higher elevations.
Visitors traveling to Atlanta, Idaho, are encouraged to use National Forest System (NFS) road 327 (Granite/Rabbit Creek) and reminded that NFS road 384 (Edna Creek) is closed for construction and impassable.
The Boise National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Given the drought
conditions, Forest officials ask the public to be extremely careful and Know Before You Go.
Idaho Fire Information: Boise Fire Restriction Area
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