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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update



Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

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The Black Canyon fire was contained last night, July 3, at 11 p.m. with control time set for today, July 4 at 6 p.m. Crews continue to improve containment lines and mop up hotpots.


Black Canyon Fire

 

       Location: approximately 5 miles northeast of Bliss, on the north side of Highway 26

       Size: 1005 acres

       Containment: July 3 at 11 p.m.

       Control: July 4 at 6 p.m.

       Resources: five TFD engines

       Fuel type: grass and brush

       Fire behavior: smoldering

       Structures threatened: none

       Cause: under investigation

 

Happy 4th of July!! Don’t let your summer go up in smoke - family BBQs, riding motorcycles/OHVs, roasting marshmallows, and target shooting may be on your list of many outdoor activities on this holiday weekend. Please be fire safe when enjoying these and many other adventures throughout Idaho! And remember, fireworks are prohibited on public lands.

 



For More Information,
●       Rebecca Flick, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, 
rflick@blm.gov
●       208-308-5991
●       Idaho Wildfires visit 
www.IdahoFireInfo.com


Friday, July 3, 2020

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update


For Immediate Release: July 3, 2020 

Contact: Rebecca Flick, 208-308-5991

 

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

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The Black Canyon fire was reported to South Central Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center around 4 p.m. on July 3. Isolated thunderstorms, gusty winds and continuous fuel caused the fire to grow quickly. Bliss Rural Fire Department (RFD) and Twin Falls District BLM engine crews, along with aircraft, are working to construct containment lines around the fire.

Black Canyon Fire

       Location: approximately 5 miles northeast of Bliss, on the north side of Highway 26

       Size: estimated over 50 acres

       Containment: estimated 7/3 at 11 p.m.

       Control: estimated 7/4 6 p.m.

       Resources: Bliss RFD, three TFD engines, one Air Attack, three Single Engine Air Tankers, one Heavy          Air Tanker and one Very Large Air Tanker, and three overhead.

       Fuel type: grass and brush

       Fire behavior: running

       Structures threatened: none

       Cause: under investigation


For More Information,
●       Rebecca Flick, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, 
rflick@blm.gov
●       208-308-5991
●       Idaho Wildfires visit 
www.IdahoFireInfo.com




Howe Peak Fire & Sage Junction Fire 7.3.2020 PM Update


For Immediate Release: July 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934

 

Howe Peak Fire & Sage Junction Fire

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*Last update until substantial activity occurs*

Howe Peak Fire

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

Location and Jurisdiction: Started 4 miles southwest of Howe, Idaho, along Highway 33. Started on BLM and has burned INL and USFS.  

Cause: Human caused - under investigation

Fire Size: 6,621 acres

Percent Contained:  60% contained, containment estimated for 7/4/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: hot spots within the interior of the fire perimeter  

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

Fire Crews/Resources: 6 engines, 1 dozer, 4 handcrews, 1 water tender, and 1 helicopter (BLM & USFS).

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened.

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures

Firefighters will continue securing the west side of the fire and mopping up hot spots.

Sage Junction Fire

Start Date: July 3, 2020 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Started 4 miles south of Hamer. BLM lands.

Cause: Human caused - under investigation

Fire Size: 117 acres

Percent Contained:  80% contained, full containment expected July 3, 2020 at 10 p.m.  

Fire Behavior: smoldering within the fire perimeter  

Fuels and Terrain: Grass and shrubs on flat ground.

Fire Crews/Resources: 3 engines remain on scene (BLM & USFS)

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened.

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures

Federal firefighters along with Hamer FD, West Jefferson FD, Roberts FD and Central FD were able to quickly stop the fire spread this afternoon. Firefighters expect to contain the fire this evening, July 3 at 10 p.m.

*Photos will be posted at @BLMIdahoFire Twitter & Idaho Fire Info Facebook*

 


Howe Peak Fire 7/3/2020 AM Update


For Immediate Release: July 3, 2020, 8 a.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. The fire was mapped by air the evening of July 2 at 7,300 acres. Firefighters now estimate the fire is 25% contained and are expecting full containment July 4 at 6 p.m.

Containment lines held through the night. Firefighters with the help from cooler night temperatures were able to secure the east and north sides of the fire, directing the fire away from Howe. Today firefighters will work to secure the west side of the fire with handcrews. As containment lines are achieved firefighters will begin mopping up hot spots within the fire perimeter. Expect to see smoke in the area and fire activity to pick up this afternoon as temperatures rise.

Power to Howe is off and is expected to be turned back on by 6 p.m. today. Damaged powerline poles are being replaced. Contact Rocky Mountain Power for more information

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 and has burned INL and USFS.  

Cause: Human caused - under investigation

Fire Size: 7,300 acres (aerial mapping)

Percent Contained:  25% contained, containment estimated for 7/4/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Burning towards the west  

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

Fire Crews/Resources: 10 engines, 1 dozer, 4 handcrews, 2 water tenders, and 1 helicopter (BLM, USFS & INL). 140 personnel.

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened.

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures


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.

Howe Peak Fire




For Immediate Release: July 2, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Howe Peak Fire
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The Howe Peak Fire is approximately 1,000 acres and growing. The fire is moving north along both sides of Highway 33 towards Howe, Idaho. Butte County Sheriff is evacuating Howe. Highway 33 is closed from Howe to the junction of Highway 26. Rocky Mountain Power has shut off power to Howe. Firefighters are aggressively engaging the Howe Peak Fire on the ground and with the assistance of air resources.

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

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

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: 1,000 acres approximately

Percent Contained:  0% contained, containment estimated for 7/3/2020 at 6 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Active and running
  
Fuels and Terrain: Grass, grass 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 addition handcrew has been ordered.

Structures Threatened: Structures are threatened.

Evacuations: Howe is being evacuated by Butte County Sheriff

Closures: ID-33 closed from Howe to ID-26 junction.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fireworks in Idaho – Know Before You Light!





Fireworks in Idaho – Know Before You Light!

EASTERN IDAHO- For many of us things have changed this year, but what hasn’t changed is our desire to prevent fires.  With the Fourth of July weekend just around the corner, the desire to buy and light fireworks is growing. Inappropriate use of fireworks, combined with dry vegetation and hot weather, substantially increases our local potential for unwanted fires. Firefighters in eastern Idaho are urging Idaho residents to recreate responsibly this summer and only use fireworks legally and wisely.

Fire officials are concerned that with the cancellation of many local firework displays, people may choose to celebrate at home or on public lands. “It’s highly probable with the number of firework sales occurring in the area, that many individuals are choosing to have personal celebrations,” said Caribou-Targhee National Forest Fire Management Officer Mike Johnston. “More fireworks equal the potential for more fire activity.” While safe and sane fireworks are allowed in some jurisdictions everyone needs to follow safety precautions. As a reminder, fireworks are illegal on public lands.

Every summer, improper use of fireworks results in multiple wildland and structure fires. In 2018, two homes in Pocatello were significantly damaged in a matter of minutes from illegal fireworks. The 2017 Rapid Creek and Henry’s Creek fires burned nearly 53,000 acres because of illegal fireworks. Even though fireworks are illegal on public lands, every year, Idaho Falls District BLM law enforcement seize hundreds of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday.

As the Fourth of July nears and the weather turns hotter and drier, please use “safe and sane” fireworks in gravel or asphalt areas away from vegetation and buildings. Safe and sane fireworks or “non-aerial common fireworks” remain near the ground and do not travel outside a 20-foot diameter. Safe and sane fireworks include cone fountains, sparklers, wheels and whistles.
Other fireworks, typically aerial ones, are illegal to shoot off in Idaho. Aerial fireworks present a huge risk for causing wildfires. While these kinds of fireworks may be purchased legally, Idaho law makes their use illegal. Illegal-use fireworks include bottle rockets, sky rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, missiles, parachutes, sky flyers, display shells and aerial items.
Always follow applicable fireworks regulations, including:
·    Buying fireworks during legal times of the year. Fireworks are only authorized for use during specific times of the year. Check local ordinances for dates you can use fireworks.
·    Keeping fireworks off your public lands. Possessing and/or using fireworks on federal public lands (Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service) is strictly prohibited.
·   Using fireworks safely and legally. Anyone misusing fireworks can be held liable for damages. Damages often include the costs of putting out the fire. 
Certain areas, like Johnny Creek in the Pocatello area, prohibit fireworks due to the high risk of wildfire. Never light fireworks on a windy day and fully extinguish them with water before disposing of debris.
For more information, contact your local fire department.
Regulations can be read in entirety at Idaho Statutes Title 39 Chapter 26, NFPA 1123, and Forest Service 36 CFR Title 261.
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Map attached: Pocatello Fire Department, Fireworks Prohibited within Urban/Wildland Interface Areas