Idaho Fires Causing Smoky Haze In Magic Valley
A smoky haze is hanging over the Magic Valley area and other parts of southern Idaho this week. Although there are no fires burning locally, officials say the smoke could be coming from three other fires burning in Idaho right now. There are two fires burning in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The Salt fire has burned nearly 16,000 acres and is 17 percent contained, while the Black Canyon fire has burned about 2,400 acres and is 15 percent contained. The Burnt Knob fire has burned 150 acres in the Payette National Forest. Locally the smoke has caused at least a few watery eyes. Fire officials say in spite of the three fires burning in Idaho right now this has still been a relatively mild fire season for the state. Wildfire managers in eastern Idaho are telling more than two dozen residents to stay clear of their homes and property as efforts continue to contain the Salt Fire. Earlier this week, officials issued an evacuation order and closed down public trailheads effected by the blaze. Salmon-Challis National Forest officials say 26 residents were displaced and 75 structures were evacuated. The fire started Aug. 25 by a lightning strike has burned more than 27 square miles in an area about 16 miles southeast of Salmon. More than 568 firefighters and managers are working the blaze, with assistance from helicopters.