Heroic firefighting efforts help contain wildfires on Brundage Mountain

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“The firefighting efforts over the past 24 hours have been outstanding. The weather was wild but the response was extremely efficient. We would like to sincerely thank all the firefighters for their tireless efforts.– Ken Rider, General Manager of Brundage Mountain.

On Wednesday, a forest fire caused by a lightning strike struck Brundage mountain station in Idaho. The Rainbow Fire grew over five acres, burning around the Hidden Valley region of the mountain. Fortunately, Brundage Mountain is conveniently located near several water sources. Since then, firefighters, paratroopers and the US Forest Service have brought the blaze under control, using methods such as watering and retarding. We will keep you informed of the latest developments regarding the Rainbow Fire.

An official statement from Brundage Mountain Resort regarding the situation is below.

Image credits: Payette National Forest

McCALL, ID (Thursday, September 8, 2022 – 7:00 PM MT) – The five-acre Rainbow Fire, burning on Brundage Mountain, saw no significant growth this afternoon, thanks to the valiant efforts of fire crews from multiple agencies .

The Rainbow Fire was sparked by lightning during a thunderstorm on the evening of Wednesday September 7 and is burning in the Hidden Valley area north of the main Brundage Mountain front runs. No structure is in danger.

The Forest Service dropped paratroopers on fire before dark last night to launch the initial attack alongside several engine crews. Firefighters from SITPA (Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association) and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) also assisted in early attack efforts during the night.

Today, several crews attacked the fire from the ground and from the air. Four engines were on the scene with Forest Service Smokejumpers and Hotshot crews. The scoops spent the entire morning diving into Lake Payette and dumping water on the flames, using helicopters and retarder drops.

“Firefighting efforts over the past 24 hours have been outstanding,” said Brundage Mountain general manager Ken Rider. “The weather was wild but the response was extremely effective. We would like to sincerely thank all the firefighters for their tireless efforts.

Although there was no fire growth today, firefighting efforts continue and crews will remain on site to secure fire lines, monitor growth and work on containment of the fire.

Background: Brundage Mountain Resort is steeped in Idaho history and offers a charming and approachable local vibe. Brundage has been providing a great value family ski experience for over 60 years.

Known for the “best snow in Idaho”, Brundage Mountain boasts over 320 inches of base surface snow annually, which creates a consistently satisfying mix of bluebird and powder days throughout the season. winter.

Future improvements to the independent resort will expand the on-site recreational experience and complement endless adventure experiences in the vast Payette National Forest in the backyard of Brundage Mountain, while preserving and enhancing the attributes that make of Brundage a true Idaho original.

Picture credits: Payette National Forest, Brundage mountain station

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