Johnson Bar Fire containment has been slow but steady

SYRINGA, ID - Containment is slow but steady around the Johnson Bar Fire, that's according to fire leaders on the blaze.

The blaze, which is listed at 8,500 acres, is now 32-percent contained. Crews are building and continuing to strengthen fire lines around the perimeter of the blaze. However, officials said terrain paired with dry fuels is making containment difficult.

"Part of the way that the containment is working slowly up is just the steep and rugged terrain that firefighters are working on as well as the fuel types," said Thomason. "It's a lot of really heavy timber that takes a long to burn down. So it's the combination of the fuel types with the terrain has really caused the containment to be a slow go and just for the safety of our firefighters."

Traffic along Highway 12 is reminded to keep moving and not stop to view fire activity, as it's not only posing concerns for public safety but also firefighters.