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Friday, July 29, 2016

29 July 2016
EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Idaho Falls, ID – As stated yesterday, smoke continues to impact all of eastern Idaho as a result of fires burning in western Idaho, Northern California, and western Wyoming.  The stagnant air resulting from the prevailing hot weather is causing the smoke to linger, particularly in the valleys.  As a reminder  (www.IdahoFireInfo.com) has several links (on the lower right hand side of the page) to information on smoke conditions and air quality.  

For photos and videos of the recent fires in eastern Idaho, visit the Idaho Fire Info Flickr albums for the Idaho Falls District BLM at http://tinyurl.com/ho4ap3x and Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) at http://tinyurl.com/h86tkr8

Fire resources responded to a combine fire near Malad this afternoon.  The response is being call the Oneida County Assist #2 was contained at 2 acres.

Minimal resources remain on the South Mink Fire as most were released late Wednesday.  The remaining firefighters will continue to monitor the fire throughout the day as heavy downed timber continues to smolder.  The closure that was in place on Forest Road 163 will be lifted ​when all personnel demobilize from the fire. ​.  The fire was controlled at 10:26 am this morning

The Big Elk Fire is still estimated at 2 acres.  The resources currently assigned to the fire are performing assessments and pretreatments of trailheads and other infrastructure and resources in the fire area.  The hand crew that was staged in Swan Valley yesterday was sent to the Box Canyon Fire last night.  They will return to the fire tonight and spend the next two days performing pretreatments around values at risk.  A web camera was placed on an opposing ridge for fire managers to constantly view the fire behavior throughout the daylight hours. Resources:  1 Engines, 10 Total Personnel   Start Date:  7/26                    Cause:  Under Investigation
The Lanes Creek Fire continues to burn about 9 air miles west of Freedom, Wyoming.  Fire staff on the CTNF are managing the fire to meet multiple objectives, including allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem by removing dense conifers and encouraging aspen regeneration.  A web camera allows fire personnel to monitor the fire constantly, while firefighters on the ground have completed pre-treatments to minimize the fire’s potential impact to state and private lands.  The fire has shown little activity since the last mapped perimeter of 116 acres.  Limited resources are assigned to the fire; however, managers are prepared to increase the staffing to meet the needs of the incident.  An Emergency Closure Order is in effect, closing the Lau Creek Trail from the Pine Bar Campground to the confluence of Brush Creek.

 Resources:  1 10-person fuels crew, 10 Total Personnel       Start Date:  6/30         Cause: Lightning

Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.comOne less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.