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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Eastern Idaho Wildfire update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  7 August 2016                                                    Contact: Gina Martin
                                                                                                                                      (208) 313-7843
EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  
 
Several new fires have occurred throughout Eastern Idaho in the past 24 hours.  These are currently
the fires of significance: 
   
The Lone Pine fire is located on the Fort Hall Reservation 7 miles east of Fort Hall, ID.  The fire is 
burning in sagebrush, grass and some juniper.  Due to strong winds and thunderstorm activity the fire tripled in size today with an estimated acreage of 9,600. There is a Type 3 organization managing the fire.  At this time there is no containment or control estimates. 
Resources assigned include 12 engine, 2 Type 2 handcrews, 5 dozers, 1 Type 2 helicopter
and 1 Type 3 helicopter with a total of 150 personnel assigned.  More resources are on order.
Start Date: 8/6    Cause:  Lightning
 
The White Sands fire is located 14 miles west of Ashton, ID.  The fire is currently 50 acres burning 
in sagebrush and grass and is difficult to access.  There is no containment or control estimates at this time.
Resources:  2 engine and 1 dozer.    Start Date:  8/7 Cause:  Lightning 
   
 The Grace fire is located 5 miles north of Grace, ID and burning in sagebrush and grass.  Resources
were able to contain the fire today at 2 pm.  Airtankers and a helicopter helped aid in suppression efforts.  The fire started off of State Highway 34 and the cause of the fire under is investigation.  Control of the fire is expected tonight by 8 pm.
Resources:  6 engines, DC-10 airtanker, 3 single engine airtankers, Type 1 helicopter.  Start Date: 8/6 
Cause:  Under investigation
  
The Big Elk Fire is located 10 miles north of Alpine, WY, and is estimated at 55 acres.  Recent winds, dry conditions and very steep slopes have caused fire growth and brought fire downhill near the Elk Creek Trail (FS Trail 097).  Crews are working on reducing fuels and improving line near the bottom of the slope in more favorable terrain.  The public is asked to avoid the area to reduce congestion with firefighting activities.
Resources:  Three engines, 10 person Wildland Fire Module and a helicopter as needed. Start Date:  7/26 Cause:  Lightning

The Lanes Creek Fire is located 9 air miles west of Freedom, Wyoming.  The fire is being managed 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 128 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 (FS Trail 020) from the Pine Bar Campground to the confluence of Brush Creek.

 Resources:  One engine                    Start Date:  6/30         Cause: Lightning
Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com.