BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Two range fires merged in southwestern Idaho
on Tuesday, although fire crews succeeded in protecting one home
from the flames.
The Jack Knife and Web fires ran into each other during the
night and now cover nearly 4,000 acres, said Randy Eardley, Boise
Interagency Logistics Center spokesman.
The fires are near the town of Ola, but Ola and other
communities were not threatened, Eardley said. One home had
appeared to be in the path of the blaze.
"It was threatened, but we put plenty of resources up there,"
he said.
An additional five hand-crews were ordered, which will bring the
manpower to nearly 300 firefighters, Eardley said. Retardant planes
and a large logging helicopter were dousing the flames.
Eardley said the fire would not be declared contained until
firefighters monitored it for any flare-ups.
Fire conditions are expected to worsen in the next few days as
temperatures could top 100 degrees.
About 150 firefighters were reining in the 2,700-acre
lightning-caused Jim Burns range fire six miles north of Richfield
in south-central Idaho. It has charred 3,000 acres and was 80
percent contained.

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