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Saturday, August 20, 2016
BLACK FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 20, 2016
Idaho Falls, ID – The lightning-caused Black Fire was reported Friday, August 19, 2016. It is approximately 5-acres in size burning on the ridge between Bear Gulch and Black Canyon on the Palisade Ranger District. While smoke continues to be highly visible from Highway 26 and the South Fork of the Snake River, fire activity is minimal, with low intensity backing and flanking fire behavior and occasional single-tree torching present.
Due to the topography of the landscape and hazards associated with placing firefighters in such steep and inaccessible terrain, the Black Fire will be allowed to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Fire managers will continue to monitor this fire daily and adjust their tactics as appropriate. Fire can be an integral part of a healthy, enduring forest, providing numerous benefits to landscape.
There are currently no trail or area closures associated with the fire. However, the Palisades Ranger District asks the public to use caution in the fire area and be cognizant of changing conditions.
The cold front that moved through the area over the last few days continues to push smoke from fires occurring near and in Yellowstone National Park into the valley. 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.
While there are no fire restrictions on lands managed by the Idaho Falls District BLM or Caribou-Targhee National Forest, it is important that residents and visitors take precautions to prevent human-caused fires. Keep campfires in fire rings and ensure they are completely out before leaving your campsite. Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.