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Saturday, August 13, 2016


EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Fire weather planning forecast for southeast Idaho indicates isolated to widely scattered dry thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening and Thursday.
At 6 AM this morning Madison County requested assistance on a 30-acre fire, 8 miles southeast of Rexburg.  The dispatch center responded by sending 5 engines.

As of 6 PM last night (08/16/2016), the Toponce Creek fire was 214 acres (141 – State land, 73 – USFS).  The fire was likely lightning started and held over for some time before it was evident. Yesterday, it was actively burning, group tree torching and spotting short distances in conifer (largely subalpine fir) and mountain brush.  The fire started on State of Idaho lands (T6S, R37E, Sec16), just east of Buckskin Meadow and burned east on to USFS managed land. The fire is 0.3 miles south of the Ft. Hall Reservation boundary on the south slope of South Putnam, however, because of the broken and discontinuous fuels it is not expected to readily move north onto reservation lands.  At this time, there are no structures threatened and limited resource values directly at risk.  No estimate of containment or control has been made.

A significant amount of aerial retardant drops, along with helicopter bucket work and ground crews are being used to actively contain and suppress the fire. There are 8 smoke jumpers, 3 20-person crews, four engines and 2 helitack crews on the fire.