Garden Valley residents told Wash fire should be out by July 30

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho (KBOI) - About 80 Garden Valley residents showed up to hear the latest on the Wash fire that started from lightning strikes Monday. It's the biggest fire within the Whiskey Fire Complex, and is the one causing temporary evacuations in the area.

Fire officials told homeowners that the fire is moving south. Crews say they are trying to cut it off at the top of a ridge by carving out a fire line with a bulldozer.

The Boise National Forest crews say they have 12 helicopters working the fire with water and retardant. Crews say about 70 homes are under voluntary evacuation; 10 in Pioneerville, and 60 on the South Fork Payette River Road.

Homeowners at the meeting were worried about the winds shifting on them and heading back to their homes; they said the wind shift is common in these parts. Homeowner Richard Goetsch said, "It was directly on top of the ridge burning up, it was burning away from us which we liked but yea we'd like to see it just go out."

Fire crews were expecting high winds Tuesday but said Mother Nature cooperated and those didn't come. They are extremely happy about their work to keep flames away from homes, and report there have been no structures damaged.

"We've just seen in the past the fire looks like it's under control, the wind kicks up to 40 mph and just all hell breaks loose,' Goetsch said.

Just in case the winds do shift, firefighters said they have structure specialists in place on Friday to step in. That's something residents in the area said they feel relieved about.

"I thought the people did a great job and I feel we're in really good hands," Garden Valley resident, Bob King said.

The sheriff wanted to make sure all the residents were signed up for CodeRED, which is an evacuation notification system. He said he was worried only 15 were on board so far.