Monday, August 11


Timber Butte Fire reaches 75 percent containment

The Timber Butte Fire burning near Sweet in Gem and Boise Counties is 75 percent contained. There was no fire growth today. Better mapping shows the fire is 7,600 acres in size.

A total of six outbuildings - all on the same property - were lost in the fire. Firefighters saved any residences threatened by the fire.

Fire investigators determined the Timber Butte Fire is human caused.

Favorable conditions helped firefighters focus on securing containment lines, especially along the northern flank of the fire.

The Great Basin Regional Incident Management Team 5 will take over management of the Timber Butte Fire Tuesday at 6 a.m. under Incident Commander Mike Wilde.

The fire started August 9 in the late afternoon. It is burning in an area protected by the Idaho Department of Lands Southwest Forest Protective District. Cooperators include local fire departments, county sheriffs, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management. Additionally, one member of the recently established Black Canyon Rangeland Fire Protection Association participated in suppression efforts, using his own dozer to protect private property.

The Inciweb page for the Timber Butte Fire is available at this link:

Contact: Emily Callihan, Public Information Officer
Idaho Department of Lands

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