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Idaho Fire Incident Map

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fire Crews Respond to Multiple Fires Over the Holiday Weekend

Bald Mountain Fire near Howe
Since Friday evening’s thunderstorm passed through eastern Idaho, federal fire crews have responded to six reported fires. The largest, the Bald Mountain Fire, was located Monday afternoon about 15 miles north of Howe on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF). It is approximately five acres in size and burning in grass and timber. Due to difficult terrain  and lack of access into the fire, a helicopter from the Eleven Mile Fire ferried firefighters to the site and will continue to assist with fire suppression in the morning. Sixteen firefighters are currently working on the Bald Mountain Fire.

Two other fires, also located on the CTNF, are being managed as part of a fire adapted ecosystem. The Worm Creek Fire, located about nine miles northeast of Preston is 1/8th of an acre, and the Partridge Fire, northeast of Upper Mesa Falls, is about 1 acre. Both fires will be allowed to play out their natural role as fire managers monitor their progress.

Partridge Fire northeast of Upper Mesa Falls

The Kepps Fire burned 2.2 acres on state lands near Kepps Crossing, east of Idaho Falls, Sunday afternoon. Two SEATs made retardant drops on the fire which was controlled by mid-day Monday. The cause of the Kepps Fire is under investigation.

Fire crews responded to the 4 Mile Fire, near Malad, and the Oak Den Fire, near Swan Valley, on Friday evening. Both fires were controlled early Saturday at ¼ acre.

So far this year, 56 fires in Eastern Idaho have burned about 360 acres, well below the average of 77 fires and 67,000 acres. Nevertheless, this weekend’s activity serves as a reminder to be cautious when working or recreating outdoors.