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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center Fire Update

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  The past very warm holiday weekend did not produce a significant number of wildfires in eastern Idaho.  EIIFC resources responded to seven fires on July 4th and 5th. 

Cartier                                2.0 acres          West of Rexburg, ID              Pallet / Party fire
           Bingham County Assist      1.0 acre            West of Blackfoot, ID           Fireworks
Lava                                    0.1 acre            Lava, ID                                Fireworks
Numbers Hill                      0.1 acre           Arco, ID                                 Fireworks
Kendall Canyon                  0.1 acre           NE of Soda Springs, ID        Abandoned campfire
Big Canyon                        0.1 acre            NE of Soda Springs, ID         Abandoned campfire
Hollows                             0.25 acre          Paris, ID                                  Abandoned campfire
The most important message from these events is that they were all human caused and preventable but were controlled and contained at very small acreages. 
Pallet fires are gaining popularity when groups get together.  These are usually large fires and require a large cleared area.  Due to their size they can spread ash and embers outside of normal fire pits and rings.  Pallet fires are prohibited on National Forest lands within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.  The reason for the prohibition is the residual nails, screws and metal hardware that can cause damage to vehicle tires.  During fire season these types of fires can easily start a wildfire due to their size and location. 
Cartier Fire
Fireworks are always a concern during hot dry weather especially when flashy fuels are available and nearby.  Fireworks are prohibited on National Forest and Public Lands.   Exploding targets and tracer ammunition are also prohibited.  Violation of these orders can bring hefty fines and/or other penalties. 
 
Abandoned campfires are always a concern.  Make sure your fire is out, “dead out,” before you leave it.     
Individuals who start a wildfire can be held liable for the suppression and rehabilitation costs as well as damages.
To date in 2015, EIIFC resources have responded to 21 fires which have burned 289 acres.  The largest fire so far was the 147 acre Indian Creek Fire which started near Dubois, ID.  Only six of the fires were caused by lightning, and they account for less than 3 acres total. 
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