Fire crews build a 'city' in hours to be closer to Whiskey fire line
GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho (KBOI) -- A fire raging near Garden Valley in the Boise National Forest has grown to more than 4,500 acres, and The National Interagency Fire Center reports structures are being threatened and voluntary evacuations are in place.
Hot temperatures, gusty winds, and extremely dry conditions are all things firefighters are facing right now. Fire crews also said rough terrain is creating problems for crews on the ground to get to the fire line.
"Accessibility is proving to be a challenge for our fire bosses," Fire Information Officer, Brandon Hampton said. "To get into the fire safely is quite a challenge and is posing a problem for the fire fighters as is the hot dry conditions." | Photos from the Fire
The fire is so hard to get to, crews decided to set up camp right next to the fire line.
"That allows them to get to the fire line that much quicker in the morning and stay a little bit longer at the fire line in the evening," Hampton said. "In our fire camp we have a full service community, we have mail service we have food, we have showers, we have access to an airport. so it's a full working city in a matter of about 12 hours."
There are several hundred firefighters working to knock down this massive fire. Hampton said ground crews are hiking to many areas they can't reach by car.
Five helicopters are also helping extinguish the flames. Hampton said two more helicopters will most likely be added to help Thursday.