Contributed photo / Gail Stowers
A fire that sprang up shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday night burned an old orchard. As night fell, the fire was visible from across the Camas Prairie.
Firelight was visible from an orchard south of Winona across the Camas Prairie Tuesday night. Following lightning at Winona Butte, the fire was called in by Larry Bean, according to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office. Bean advised that there was a lightning strike fire in a stubble field near 1071 Red Rock Road. Idaho Department of Lands responded, as a structure was threatened.
UPDATE (9 p.m.): Emergency managers are advising traffic is heavy on State Highway 162 as emergency vehicles, water tankers and others are needing to use the road.
UPDATE (9:15 p.m.) Earlier tonight, ICSO dispatch received several other reports of fire and other weather-related damage as well. Lightning was reported in the Joseph Plains-Gibbons Canyon Junction area shortly before 5 p.m., followed by reports of down trees and power lines near Kamiah, followed by a report of smoke near the Kooskia cell tower at 5:21 p.m. At 5:49 p.m., ICSO requested traffic control help from Lewis County for the weather-related issues in Kamiah. Lightning at Winona was reported at 5:58, with the call describing fire at 1398 Johnson Rd. The lightning strike near Winona Butte was reported at 5:52 p.m.
UPDATE (11 a.m. Wednesday): The fire, known officially as the Yellow Bull Fire, grew to 200 acres last night. The Idaho Department of Lands describes it as located 10 miles southwest of Kamiah between Red Rock Road and State Highway 162. From IDL:
The 200-acre Yellow Bull Fire, located 10 miles southwest of Kamiah between Red Rock Road and Highway 162 is being battled by Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Forest Service, and more than 30 volunteers with tractors, implements and a dozer.
Currently a Type 3 Incident Commander from the USFS Grangeville Smoke Jumpers is in charge of firefighting efforts, and along with the volunteer resources there are three engines on the scene. Three additional engines and one hand crew have been ordered for additional assistance.
Firefighters working together were able to save three homes from the blaze last night, however, one outbuilding did burn. No structures are currently threatened.
This is a lightning cause fire that was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Challenges today include limited resources across the region as well as a potential cold front expected this afternoon, which could mean more winds and lightning.
Depending on weather conditions, containment is anticipated by the end of the day.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m. Wednesday): Idaho Department of Lands reports the Yellow Bull Fire is "considered controlled and will be in patrol status by tomorrow." From IDL:
Fire crews are mopping up hotspots within the 200-acre Yellow Bull Fire, located 10 miles southwest of Kamiah between Red Rock Road and Highway 162. The fire is considered controlled and will be in patrol status by tomorrow.
A Type 4 Incident Commander is now in charge of the firefighting efforts, additional fire resources requested earlier in the day were not needed. The fire was battled by the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Forest Service, and more than 30 volunteers with tractors, implements and a dozer. Three engines remain on the scene.
Firefighters worked together over night to save three homes from the blaze last night, however, one outbuilding did burn.
The lightning caused fire was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
This is early information about breaking news. Check back for updates.