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The Lucky Fire burns between Lucky Peak and Arrowrock reservoirs on Thursday morning, Aug. 1, 2019; the 150-acre blaze sent smoke flooding into downtown Boise.

Yee-yuck! Sure, we’ve become accustomed to thinking of August as “smoke season,” but for Boise to be choking on wildfire smoke like this the moment the month arrives, the morning of Aug. 1st? That’s what’s going on, though, thanks to the 150-acre Lucky Fire near Lucky Peak this morning. The fire began not long after 1 a.m. Thursday morning, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons; authorities aren’t sure what sparked it. Two other, smaller fires began about the same time in the same area, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Linda Steinhaus, although crews have those under control. By 8 a.m. downtown Boise was hazy with smoke.

All the fires are still under investigation, Steinhaus confirmed. You can read Simmons’ full report here at, which will continue to be updated with developments.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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