Wildfire threat in East Idaho reaches highest level possible

Associated Press file photo Firefighters and their firefighting aircraft, such as this DC-10 tanker, are on high alert because of the red flag warnings declared in East Idaho signifying the highest wildfire threat possible.

Associated Press file photo
Firefighters and their firefighting aircraft, such as this DC-10 tanker, are on high alert because of the red flag warnings declared in East Idaho signifying the highest wildfire threat possible.

Journal Staff

East Idaho’s first red flag warnings of the summer season have been declared.

The National Weather Service issued the warnings for Monday signifying the highest wildfire threat level because of expected thunderstorms, high humidity and powerful winds.

The wildfire threat will be most severe from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and the areas most likely to experience fires are expected to be Craters of the Moon and the Arco Desert including the Idaho National Laboratory.

But the red flag warnings cover most of East Idaho because conditions will be ripe Monday region-wide for wildfires to start and spread rapidly.

Much of central Idaho, including the Shoshone, Hazelton, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn and Paul areas, is also under a red flag warning.