Mother Nature Shows Her Force

A fire-fighting helicopter from Twin Falls makes one of many passes to drop water Wednesday evening onto a small wildfire in the Eagle Creek area north of Ketchum. Matt Filbert, the region’s assistant fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said the small but potentially troublesome blaze started at about 4:15 p.m. when lightning hit a fir tree in a clearing of sagebrush in a tributary to Eagle Creek, about one mile east of state Highway 75. Both the Ketchum Fire Department and Forest Service responded to the blaze after a hiker called 911 to report smoke rising from the area. The Forest Service eventually called in the helicopter to help ensure the blaze did not spread. The fire, which burned an estimated one-tenth of an acre, was contained by 8 p.m., Filbert said. More lightning-caused fires are likely to occur this summer, he said. “We’ve only had two lightning fires this year, so we’re behind the average.” Photo by David N. Seelig

Friday, July 27, 2012

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