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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Boise District I-84 Corridor Fire History and Fuel Break Effectiveness Report


Click the link below to learn more about the fuel breaks being implemented by the Boise District BLM in coordination with the Idaho Department of Transportation along the I-84 corridor between Mountain Home and Boise.















 








Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 


Blackfoot Mountain Fire Update: 9-15-2020 10:00 A.M. 

Last report unless significant fire activity.  Crews have made good progress.  Fire is 419 acres and full containment is expected at 6:00 P.M. today.  Fire is still under investigation.  Crews will continue working the fire perimeter and extinguish areas of heat.     

Monday, September 14, 2020

Blackfoot Mountain Fire Update



Blackfoot Mountain Fire Update

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 Start Date: 09/14/2020 at approximately 2:15 P.M. . 

Location and Jurisdiction: 6 Miles West of Blackfoot Reservoir (Private and State)

Cause: Undetermined 

Fire Size: 150 Acres 

Percent Contained:  0% Contained, full containment on 09/15/20 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Active Fire Behavior, currently running    

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and Juniper. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 6 Federal engines as well as Caribou County Resources, 1 water tender (BLM, USFS, Caribou County Fire Department) 1 helicopter, 6 retardant planes are currently working the fire. 

Structures Threatened:  Structures threatened, powerlines in the fire perimeter.

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures:  No closures.   

Summary: Update:  The Blackfoot Mountain Fire started on private land and burned on state.  BLM and Forest Service crew are working in unified command with the Caribou County Fire Department. 


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Local Firefighters Respond to Several Starts Labor Day Weekend

 


For Immediate Release

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934

 

Local Firefighters Respond to Several Starts Labor Day Weekend

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(#WildMountainFire #SmokyHollow #BTNF & #CTNFFire #BLMIFDFire)

 

IDAHO FALLS, ID – Firefighters responded to several fires that ignited early Labor Day Weekend. “Fire conditions are still volatile in the local area and we need everyone to do their part to prevent wildfires,” said Martell Gibbons, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer. “The majority of recent starts have been human-caused and could have easily been prevented.” Eastern Idaho remains in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, which means campfires are only allowed in agency approved rings at developed campsites and smoking is not allowed outside a vehicle. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited on public lands. Fire officials are preparing for the Red Flag Warning tomorrow when low relative humidity and strong winds could result in extreme fire behavior should a fire ignite.

 

Wild Mountain

·   Located at Gibson Jack Trailhead in Pocatello

·   Size: 19 acres

·   Cause: Under Investigation

·   Summary: Crews made great progress enhancing containment lines and plumbing the fire with hose lays to get water into particularly hot areas. Although high winds continued to plague the area, the fire remained within the established perimeter.  A 20-person hand crew remains on the fire tonight and tomorrow, mopping up hot spots and monitoring containment lines. The Gibson Jack Road and Trailhead are still closed.

·   Contained: 80%, Full containment expected by noon tomorrow, Sept. 7.

 

Smoky Hollow

·   Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Wilson, Wyoming, just above Mosquito Creek

·   Size: 17 acres

·   Cause: Undetermined

·   Contained: 98%

 

Indian Creek

·   Started: 09/05/2020

·   Located 3 miles north of Alpine Junction

·   Size: .2 acres

·   Cause: campfire

·   Contained: 7:00 p.m., Sept. 5

 

Crow Creek

·   Started: 09/06/2020

·   Located 9 miles southwest of Afton, Wy.

·   Size: 15 acres

·   Cause: Under investigation

·   Contained: 12:00 p.m., Sept. 6

 

Wild Mountain Fire

 

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2020, 6 a.m.

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934 

Wild Mountain Fire

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The Wild Mountain Fire started just after midnight on Forest Service lands near the Gibson Jack trailhead. The fire proceeded to back downhill towards homes along the Gibson Jack road. Residents in the area of Gibson Jack and Wildhorse subdivision have been asked to evacuate. Evacuations are expected to be lifted at 9 a.m. No structures have been lost and a bull dozer has completed containment lines around the 19 acre fire, which has slowed the fire’s progress. Engines are now securing the dozer line with a hose lay to get water around the whole fire. Air resources will arrive with the light of day and a 20-person handcrew has been ordered. 

A Pocatello Valley FD engine was high centered on difficult terrain while fighting the fire. Firefighters got out of the engine and made their way to safety. No firefighters were injured. The engine was burned over.  

Start Date: September 6, 2020 just after midnight 

Location and Jurisdiction: approx. 4 miles south of Pocatello, ID near the Gibson Jack trailhead. Started on the Caribou-Targhee Nation Forest and burned onto private lands.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: mapped at 19 acres 

Percent Contained:  25% contained, containment estimated for 9/6/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Forward progression has been slowed with dozer line around the fire. Juniper and brush is still burning within containment lines.  

Fuels and Terrain: Grass, brush and juniper in difficult terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 25 engines and 1 dozer. A handcrew and air resources have been ordered. The Gateway Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) was activated to respond (BLM, Caribou-Targhee NF, Pocatello FD, North Bannock County FD, Pocatello Valley FD, Chubbuck FD and Inkom FD).

Structures Threatened: Structures threatened in the Gibson Jack area. No structures lost. 

Evacuations: Evacuations are in place for Gibson-Jack and Wildhorse subdivision residents. Bannock County Sherriff is handling evacuations. Expect to be lifted 9/6/2020 at 9 a.m.

Closures: The Gibson Jack road and trailhead are closed.

 

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Hunters and Wildfire Safety - Don’t let your hunting season go up in smoke!

Despite the continued hot and dry mid-summer like weather, hunting season has begun across Idaho. Please do not be complacent about the importance of fire prevention and safety.  Hunters and recreationalist continue to enjoy public lands during the fall, appreciating the typical brisk mornings and warm afternoons, but the potential to start a wildfire is still high.

“As we begin our late summer and fall activities, our current weather patterns are showing prolonged hot temperatures and no precipitation. Please keep current conditions in mind while you enjoy our wonderful public lands,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Dennis Strange. “Fire crews are still active in keeping everyone safe. Please do your part in keeping our public lands enjoyable for all.”

On May 10, 2020, BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs issued a Fire Prevention Order to prohibit the possession or use of steel core/incendiary/tracer ammunition and exploding targets. In general, please be proactive and take precautionary measures while shooting by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area, and make sure to have fire safety equipment on hand (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water). Studies has shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as much as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments. The Fire Prevention Order remains in effect until Oct. 20, 2020.

Before you head out to your favorite hunting spot make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks thrown from an improperly maintained vehicle or trailer can cause roadside fires without knowledge of the driver.

Finally, everyone enjoys a campfire, but several areas across Idaho are currently in fire restrictions. The devastating effects of an illegal or unattended campfire could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to follow any implemented restrictions and completely extinguish your campfire fire before leaving the area.

For more information on current area wildfires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention information visit www.idahofireinfo.com, Idaho Fire Info on Facebook, and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

BLM Twin Falls District to conduct prescribed fire southeast of Malta

 

News Release
Twin Falls District, Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

Contact: Kelsey Brizendine, (208) 732-7315

 

 

BLM Twin Falls District to conduct prescribed fire southeast of Malta

SHOSHONE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Twin Falls District Fire Management program will conduct the Point Prescribed fire in the Raft River Valley, southeast of Malta. Burning will occur from Sept. 7 through Sept. 30, depending on weather, vegetation and ground conditions.

The planned prescribed fire will target 3,000 acres of rangeland encroached on by invasive annual grasses and decadent shrubs with the goal of reducing fire occurrence and severity. Fire managers will perform ignitions over a multiday period, with subsequent mop-up and patrol of the prescribed fire occurring for several days following the completion of ignitions.

This prescribed burn will help restore shrub and perennial grasses needed for wildlife habitat and public use.

Residual smoke may settle in the Raft River Valley in the evenings, but most of the smoke should lift and disperse. For information about this project, contact Kelsey Brizendine at 208-732-7315 or kbrizendine@blm.gov.

 

-BLM–

 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

 


Monday, August 31, 2020

Smoky Hollow Fire Burning Between Idaho and Wyoming

 

Smoky Hollow Fire Burning Between Idaho and Wyoming

Jackson, WY, August 31, 2020 – The Smoky Hollow Fire was reported on Sunday August 30, 2020 and is burning on the border of the Caribou- Targhee National Forest and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  It is located on a ridge top approximately 6 miles southwest of Wilson, Wyoming, just above Mosquito Creek in Teton County, Wyoming. The fire is approximately 17-acres and burning in timber, and dead and fallen trees.  The fire is creeping and smoldering with occasional single-tree torching that can be seen from Jackson, Wyoming. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are 15 firefighters suppressing the fire, including Engine 441 from the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  An additional handcrew and helicopters ordered to help suppress the fire. 

The fire is burning in very steep terrain with an estimated 50% slope. The fire is still at 0% containment but with the cooler temperatures and forecasted weather the firefighters are expecting to make progress on the fire today. No structures are threatened. The public is asked to stay out of the immediate area so firefighters can perform their suppression activities safely. Areas to avoid include the 050 trail, the 054 trail and Forest Service Road 30975 road on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Mosquito Creek. For more information, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/BridgerTetonNF or Twitter at twitter.com/BridgerTetonNF.

 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Firefighters fully suppressing two fires located near the Idaho/Wyoming border



NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934

 

Firefighters fully suppressing two fires located near the Idaho/Wyoming border

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(#DryWaterfall #SmokyHollow #BTNF & #CTNFFire)

 

IDAHO FALLS, ID – Two fires reported Sunday morning are burning in the backcountry near the Idaho/Wyoming border. High winds and steep, rugged terrain are impeding firefighting efforts.

 

Dry Waterfall

·   Located near Upper Palisades Lake, 9 miles east of Swan Valley

·   Size: .1 acre

·   Cause: Lightning

·   Fire resources: Helitack Crew. Five crew members are on scene

·   Contained: 0%

 

Smoky Hollow

·   Located approximately 6 miles southwest of Wilson, Wyoming, just above Mosquito Creek

·   Size: 10 acres

·   Cause: Undetermined

·   Fire resources: 15 firefighters currently on scene.

·   Contained: 0%

·   The fire is burning in very steep terrain with an estimated 50% slope. Multiple falling snags and high winds are affecting firefighter’s ability to engage the fire safely. No structures are threatened. The public is asked to stay out of the area.

 

Black Sand Fire

·   Started: 08/28/2020

·   Located adjacent to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes

·   Size: 129 acres

·   Cause: Lightning

·   Contained: Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 p.m. This is the final update of the Black Sand Fire.

 

 

Dry Waterfall Fire

Smoky Hollow Fire

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News Release

DATE:  August 30th, 2020

CONTACT: Jared Jablonski, (208) 384-3378

 

TWOS FIRE UPDATE

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#TwosFire & #BLMBODFire)

Start Date: 08/29/2020

Location: 37 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon near Two Springs

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: Estimated at 100 to 150 acres

Containment Time: Estimated at 8/31/20 at 6:00 pm

Control Time: Estimated at 9/2/20 at 6:00 pm

Fire Behavior: Creeping, with isolated runs

Structures Threatened:  None

Fuels and Terrain:  Rocky and steep terrain. Burning in grass, brush and juniper

Fire Crews/Resources: Eighteen smokejumpers, two type one hand crews, one air attack, two single engine airtankers (SEATS), four heavy airtankers and one medium helicopter. Estimated total personnel: 60

Evacuations:  None

Closures:  None

Summary:  Remote access and difficult terrain have added to the complexity of suppression efforts on the Twos Fire. Fire crews and multiple aircraft are working hard to establish containment lines and to stop all active fire spread.