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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


 EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE - 3 August 2016

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Eastern Idaho Fire resources responded to three lightning caused fires yesterday.

The Hess Fire, located near Twin Springs Campground, Northeast of Holbrook, ID on Hess Road was
contained at 29 acres.  The majority of the acreage was on private land and a smaller acreage on the Curlew National Grassland.  Three engines, a dozer and air attack responded.  Two Single Engine Air Tankers dropped a load each on the fire.  Photos attached.





 
Maple Canyon Fire located 2-3 miles east of Bennington, ID grew to 10 acres before being suppressed.
Resources on the fire included 3 engines, helicopter, air attack and three loads of retardant from Single Engine Air Tankers.
 
The King Fire, located 5 miles west of Thatcher, ID was contained at 1/10 acre at 9 PM last night.
Resources included one engine.
 

No significant changes to the two managed fires by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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.  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.com