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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Howe Peak Fire 7/2/2020 PM Update

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934



Howe Peak Fire

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HOWE, Idaho- The Howe Peak Fire started July 2, 2020 at approximately 1 p.m., 4 miles southwest of Howe, Idaho. Firefighters estimate that the fire is 1,500 acres and 20% contained. Firefighters are expecting full containment July 4 at 6 p.m.


The fire quickly grew, jumping ID-33. The fire ran north alongside ID-33, coming within a mile of Howe. The fire has now shifted directions towards the west and is no longer actively threatening Howe. Howe residents have been notified to be ready for a possible evacuation if fire behavior changes. Contact Rocky Mountain Power for power information. ID-33 has reopened from the US 26 junction to Howe. Butte County Sheriff is handling closures and evacuations.


Firefighters will remain fighting the fire through the night. Multiple retardant drops were made south of Howe to prevent the fire moving towards the town. Firefighters will continue securing the fire perimeter to protect Howe and slow fire spread. Fire behavior is expected to die down with dropping night temperatures, which will give firefighters a tactical advantage. Additional firefighters have been ordered and will arrive tomorrow.


Start Date: July 2, 2020 at approximately 1 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Started 4 miles southwest of Howe, along Highway 33. Started on BLM, burning on INL also.  

Cause: Human caused - under investigation

Fire Size: 1,500 acres approximately 

Percent Contained:  20% contained, containment estimated for 7/4/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Active and burning towards the west  

Fuels and Terrain: Grass, shrubs and juniper in steep terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 9 engines, 3 dozers, 1 handcrew, 1 water tender, 4 single engine air tankers, 1 very large air tankers, 2 large air tankers, and 1 helicopter (BLM, USFS, INL and Arco are on scene). An additional handcrew has been ordered.

Structures Threatened: Structures are not actively threatened at this time.

Evacuations: Howe is on standby for a possible evacuation if behavior changes. Evacuations handled by Butte County Sheriff

Closures: ID-33 has reopened from Howe to ID-26 junction.