Lightning-sparked wildfire burning near homes outside Fairfield

Lightning-sparked wildfire burning near homes outside Fairfield

Credit: Candice and Dallas Smith / First Person

Lightning-sparked wildfire burning near homes outside Fairfield

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by KTVB.COM

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 5:27 AM

FAIRFIELD, Idaho -- Fire crews are working to contain two lightning-caused wildfires that sparked near Fairfield Wednesday afternoon.

The McCan Fire, about 4 miles northwest of Fairfield is estimated at around 2,000 acres, while the Beaver Creek Fire, north of Highway 20 in the Beaver Creek drainage, is about 500 acres in size, according to BLM spokesman Josh Olsen.

Several structures are threatened by the McCan Fire, Olsen said, although he did not know whether the structures were homes or outbuildings. He said crews are working to build fire lines around the structures.

Homeowners in the area who sent in First Person pictures tell KTVB one of fires burned within a half-mile of some homes and that crews had shut down some roads in the area.

A Camas County dispatcher said local fire crews are also working on structure protection.

Olsen said BLM firefighters are working the fires by both land and air.

The Beaver Creek Fire is expected to be contained by Friday evening. There is no estimated time of containment for the McCan Fire.

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