PRESTON, ID. – A wildfire started 6 miles northeast of Preston, Idaho at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire is burning on private and county land and is threatening State and BLM lands.
Fire managers say that containment lines held through the night, and that the blaze is progressing slowly Thursday morning. Firefighters are anticipating increased fire behavior as temperatures climb and winds pick up. Firefighters are working today to further secure the fire perimeter with an additional dozer line.
A handcrew and helicopter have been ordered to help suppress fire in the more inaccessible areas of the fire and extinguish heat in the maple trees that continue to burn. 25 personnel, 6 engines and 2 dozers are working the fire, other resources assigned to the fire include, 3 county engines and 1 county water tender.
No structures are immediately threatened and no ranches are in the vicinity of the Oneida fire. No evacuations and no closures are in effect at this time.
As of Thursday morning the fire is estimated at 1,000 acres, and 30 percent containment is expected by Friday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.