WildfireMcCall, Idaho – While the Red Flag Warning has been lifted for the Payette National Forest, firefighters continue to conduct initial attack on the numerous wildfires that thunderstorms have left in their path.

Two new fires were detected yesterday, and four new fires started today. That brings the total of new fires started this week to a total of 28.

Of these fires, 10 are contained, 13 are staffed or in the early stages of initial attack, and five are wilderness fires that are being allowed to play their natural role in the wilderness.

“Twenty-eight new fire starts is a fair amount over a fairly short period of time, but we have been lucky that some rain also came with these thunderstorms,” said Gary Brown, Payette National Forest Fire Management Officer. “The rain has helped us keep these fires small and allowed us to staff these fires quickly and effectively.”

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on lands managed by the Payette and Boise National Forests; the Bureau of Land Management, and state and private lands effective Friday, August 15 at 11:59 p.m.

The restrictions are being lifted due to the recent thunderstorm rain showers, and cooler weather that has lowered the risk of human caused wildfires.

“The Payette has not had a human caused wildfire since June and that’s fantastic,” added Brown. “The public is to be commended for their diligence while out in the Forest.”