Fire officials initiate stage 2 level evacuation warning for Johnson Bar Fire

SYRINGA, ID - Tuesday's thunderstorms only made matters worse for crews fighting the Johnson Bar Fire.

The lightning caused fire, burning 10-miles southeast of Syringa, Idaho has almost consumed 6,000 acres and counting. Winds from Tuesday's storm caused the blaze to nearly double in size and spot across both the Selway and Clearwater Rivers.

Fire officials said the evacuation level has now been raised for residents living along the Highway 12 corridor.

"We are going door to door right now on the Highway 12 corridor," said Pat Mckelvey. "From the community of Syringa to about five miles above Lowell and initiating a stage two level evacuation warning."

Steep terrain paired with big fuels are proving difficult for firefighters on the ground. All the smoke in the air is also limiting air support. The fire remains at zero-percent containment Wednesday night.