Crews tackle Mack Fire in Boise County

BOISE COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) -- Twenty-seven fires are burning in the Boise National Forest, sparked by lightning from recent thunderstorms.

Fourteen are contained but the Mack Fire is not one of them.

"We're throwing a lot of aircraft at it," said Jose Acosta, fire information officer. "That's the number one priority across the Boise National Forest: to get aircraft on initial attack on the fires."

At last count the lightning-caused fire has scorched some 300 acres 14 miles northeast of Boise.

Fifteen homes are in the area, but fire crews have taken up defensive position between the homes and the flames.

No evacuation orders right now for the homes or any campgrounds.

Eighty firefighters working the fire, but more help is on the way because crews are being released from Whiskey Fire near Garden Valley. One hundred or so more firefighters will be arriving soon.

Crews are working to keep the fire from burning toward Bogus Basin.

The fire is burning in grass, brush, pine and fir trees -- and in steep terrain.