Storms Help, Hinder Firefighters

By Tom Bacon

For dozens of wild land firefighters battling five large blazes in southeastern Idaho, thunderstorms that rolled across the parched land Sunday were one of those "good news-bad news" things.
The storms brought much needed rain to help quench the largely grass and brush fires around the Twin Falls region.
But they also brought lightning and gusty wind - two of the firefighters’ worst enemies.
Meanwhile, in Washington, fire officials in Chelan said the 25-Mile Fire on the north shore of the lake was human-caused.
The nearly three-square-mile fire near the town of Manson is burning in grass and brush land. It was ignited Thursday on private property across the lake from 24-Mile State Park.
At last report, it was only about 15 percent contained.
To the south, in eastern Oregon, a huge blaze that had charred more than 46,000 acres by Sunday was about 85 percent contained. The Owyhee fire was started by lightning last week about four miles west of Adrian, Ore.
The largest Idaho wildfire was the Jim Brown fire, east of the town of Richfield, burning in dry grass and brush across more than 14,000 acres.
Though much of southern and southeastern Idaho are tinder dry, so far this season no large blazes have broken out in timber or in remote, difficult to access, high terrain.
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