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Monday, August 1, 2016


EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Yesterday was a relatively quiet day for eastern idaho fire resources.  With high temperatures and thunderstorms occurring in the response area, we received our first and only fire report just after 7 PM.

The Indian Rock Fire, a lightning caused fire, north of McCammon, ID, near I-15 was reported.  The report by a driver saw the lightning strike and then in their rearview mirror could see smoke in the lava.

Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center responded with 5 engines, a water tender, dozer, and air attack.  Resources held the fire to 6/10 tenths of an acre.

There is a Red Flag Warning today for high winds and low relative humilities on Bureau of Land Management managed lands west of Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

The Big Elk Fire had limited growth yesterday and 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.comOne less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.