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Fire season may have started with a bang this weekend, as lightning struck across parts of south and central Idaho.

 

Boise National Forest

A dozen aircraft and more than 130 firefighters are working to contain three central Idaho wildfires sparked by lightning before they become so large they'll be impossible to put out until the end of the fire season.

Boise National Forest officials on Wednesday say a 20-acre fire about 3 miles from Idaho City is the most concerning because it's in heavy timber and about a mile from a phone tower.

Spokesman David Seesholtz says a 66-acre fire near Pilot Peak is less worrisome because it's moved to the top of a ridge.

7 Lightning-Caused Fires Spark On The Boise National Forest

Jul 31, 2014

Seven small lightning-caused wildfires are burning on the Boise National Forest after Wednesday night's storm. Forest officials say all the fires are small, at less than 5 acres each, and no structures are threatened.

Firefighters already have lines built around most of the new starts.

The largest fire is called the Crooked Fire, burning southeast of Kirkham.

Fire officials say more lightning-caused fires could be detected over the next few days.

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This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. July 25, 2014.

Fire officials say they've nearly contained all 27 of Wednesday's lightning-caused wildfires on the Boise National Forest and state lands north of Boise.

The Mack Fire is still the largest, now estimated at 270 acres. It's now 10 percent contained.

This post was updated at 10:25 a.m. July 24, 2014.

A Boise National Forest spokesman says 14 of 27 lightning-caused fires burning on federal and state lands north of Boise are now contained.

Korri Anderson / National Weather Service

The rare wet weather in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon produced more than 10,000 lightning strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service office in Boise says Wednesday’s storms created nearly 6,000 strikes in its forecast area. That includes three in Oregon counties and 14 in Idaho. 

One strike was caught on camera by National Weather Service Meteorologist Korri Anderson. He took the image around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when a storm moved into the Treasure Valley.