Burn out operations begin on Canyon Fire

Contact(s): Venetia Gempler 208-373-4105

BOISE, Idaho, July 19, 2019 – Firefighters continue to make progress on the Canyon Fire despite steep and difficult terrain. Where possible, firefighters are taking advantage of conditions to directly suppress the 208 acre fire and minimize fire growth.


The fire is slowly backing down to Idaho State Highway 21 and firefighters will be conducting burn out operations from the highway during the next day or two as needed.


As a precaution and for firefighter and public safety, fire managers are coordinating with the Idaho Department of Transportation for traffic assistance since smoke is expected to affect visibility. A one lane pilot car may be used as firefighters and equipment work along the roadway.


Motorist are encouraged to visit IDTD’s Highway Info and plan accordingly as the smoke and suppression efforts may cause travel delays. https://hb.511.idaho.gov/#roadReports?timeFrame=TODAY&layers=signs


The Fire is located southeast of Bull Trout Campground and 14 miles west of Stanley, Idaho, within the Lowman Ranger District. It was reported at approximately 5 p.m., July 14, 2019.


Currently, there are 195 personnel on scene including hand crews, helicopters, engines and water tenders. There are no threats to life or property at this time.


Because of terrain and firefighter safety concerns, all actions being conducted will focus on suppression where it can be safely done, but without some rainfall may last for a continued period.


Forest officials ask the public to be extremely careful with all flammable materials and to ensure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch. With the increase in temperatures and decrease in humidity, fuels are drying out quickly and the potential for wildfire ignitions rises daily.