Idaho Fire Closes Some Roads
If you went with Kate McGwire as part of the "On the Salmon" trip to Riggins this summer or in years past, you know it's a gorgeous area with some great rec, like rafting.
That's an area that's seriously impacted by fire right now and they've shut down some roads leading in and out. Here's the deal.
The Tepee Springs Fire is still burning, and so far it has scorched almost 50-thousand acres. There are evacuations around Riggins now, and the Idaho Statesman says they've closed, 8 miles of the Lower Salmon River to all recreational use. They've also closed Forest Road 246, leading to McCall. Rafters were being intercepted at Vinegar Creek, and there's a special pilot car that leads vehicles from Riggins into and out of the area. The fire is only about 30 percent contained.
There are at least four other serious fires burning around the state, which leads to unhealthy air quality in several spots. In the Treasure Valley, we'll be in the Yellow category to start the week, which means moderately unhealthy. Other parts of the state are dealing with worse.
Any rain in sight? That would help. Maybe Thursday. Until then it's expected to be sunny and near 80. Be safe.