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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Box Canyon Fire Update

Pocatello, ID – Around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, a wildfire was reported at the mouth of Blackrock Canyon south of Pocatello.  The Box Canyon Fire has burned 21 acres.  The closest structures were about a quarter mile from the fire; no evacuations were necessary.  Fire managers anticipate full containment of the fire by 6 PM this evening.

Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resources were on scene moments after the fire was reported and soon joined by resources from the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Pocatello Valley Fire Department.  Air tankers made multiple retardant drops on the incident, and a helicopter dropped water on the fire as well.  

Approximately 60 total personnel have been assigned to the fire, including:  6 fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 water tender, and 1 handcrew.  Resources will remain on scene throughout the evening to continue mopping up hotspots and monitoring the fire area.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho.  Photos of the Box Canyon Fire, as well as previous fires, trainings, and events, are available in the Idaho Falls District’s Idaho Fire Info Flickr album at https://flic.kr/s/aHskDSABPR.