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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Eastern Idaho Wildfire Update
Idaho Falls, ID – Several large wildfires are currently burning throughout the western states. Smoke from wildfires in western Idaho and California is drifting east, mingling with smoke from fires in western Wyoming. Smoke will likely continue to impact eastern Idaho and western Wyoming in the coming days and weeks, as no significant change in the weather pattern is forecast. Those with sensitivities to smoke should take precautions, including limiting strenuous activities outdoors. Several links with information on smoke and air quality, including Idaho DEQ’s Daily Air Quality Reports, are available in the lower right hand corner under the Smoke Information heading.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) currently has three active fires.
The South Mink Fire was contained last night at 12 acres in size. Firefighters are now working on putting out all hotspots within the fire area as well as looking for any spot fires that may be outside of the fire perimeter. One fire engine and the helicopter will be released at the end of today’s shift. The remaining resources will continue to monitor the fire through the day tomorrow and are expected to be released at the end of the day pending any unexpected fire activity.
For photos and a video of the South Mink Fire, visit the CTNF’s Idaho Fire Info Flickr album at www.flickr.com/photos/idahofireinfo/albums/72157651399185602.
As a reminder, a road closure is in place for public and firefighter safety. South Fork Mink Creek Road (Forest Road 163) is closed from the junction of the Bannock Highway (South Mink Creek Road) to the Forest boundary. This closure will likely remain in place until the fire is out.
Resources: 1 Helicopter, 1 Handcrew, 5 Engines, 1 Water Tender, 60 Total Personnel
Start Date: 7/25 Cause: Under Investigation