MURPHY -- A large wildfire known as the "Con Shea Fire" is currently burning out of control four miles north of Murphy, Idaho on the south side of the Snake River. The fire is thought to have originated at nearby Con Shea Butte.
Thursday evening update:
Firefighters reported battling 8-to-10-foot-flames throughout Thursday morning as the fire continued to burn dry grass and sagebrush near the Snake River. As of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, an air tanker and fire attack helicopter were also assisting in the fight. Firefighters estimate the area burned almost 9,000 acres and expect to have containment around noon on Friday.
The fire was out in most places, with small flare-ups Thursday evening. Crew created a black line to help hold the fire back. Boise BLM says they will report tomorrow whether the fire is contained.
A fire this large this early in the season might be a sign of a more intense wildfire season this year.
The fire was first reported to KTVB on Wednesday night at approximately 10:00 p.m. At that time, firefighters had not yet reached the scene. Representatives from the Boise office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management say dozens of firefighters will be working non-stop for the next few of days to extinguish its flames.
Public Information Officer Brandon Hampton with the Boise District BLM says the fire is very large -- the largest firefighters from the local office have fought this year. The fire is currently estimated to be burning 8,000 acres.
"Currently, firefighters are patrolling around the perimeter of the fire, looking for hot spots," Hampton told KTVB reporter Jacqueline Quynh.
At least eight wildland firefighting rigs are currently attacking the fire. Firefighters say while there are several homes in the area, none are directly threatened. They don't yet know what started the Con Shea Fire.