Fire along Snake River south of Lewiston now 33% contained | Idaho
Fire along Snake River south of Lewiston now 33% contained | Idaho

LEWISTON – The Billy Creek Fire, located about 20 miles south of Lewiston on the Idaho side of the Snake River, was first reported just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. By 8 p.m. that same day, the fire had grown to over 1,500 acres. By noon on July 4, the fire was estimated to be over 2,000 acres.

The Billy Creek Fire was contained to 3,169 acres and 33% contained, according to the National Interagency Fire Center Monday morning. The nearest structures at risk are about a mile from the fire.

Fire in Billy Creek

Photo: Jake Wingler

Northern Rockies Complex Incident Management Team 1, Incident Commander Brent Olson, assumed command of the Billy Creek Fire at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. As of Sunday evening, the Idaho Department of Lands reported that 132 people were responding to the fire, including 5 hand crews. Equipment deployed on the scene included 2 bulldozers, 2 helicopters and 3 jet boats.

Officials said Sunday that an outgoing Type 3 incident management team successfully used flame retardants, water drops and direct firefighting tactics to contain the fire’s spread. Officials say there is good availability of crews and resources due to current light fire activity in the Northern Rockies. Given the steep terrain and hot, dry weather forecast for this week, the fire continues to pose a significant challenge to on-site resources.

Billy Creek Fire 05.07.2024

The fire is raging in bushland and grassland. Erratic winds have hampered firefighting efforts, but no evacuations have been ordered.

There is no information yet on what started the fire. This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

By Everly