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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE
IDAHO FALLS, ID: Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center has been extremely busy the past two days. This update will cover the other fires (except Henrys Creek) occurring in the dispatch area.
The human-caused Pine Creek 2 Fire was reported August 22, near the Pine Creek Campground southwest of Victor, Idaho. Crews quickly contained the .1-acre fire.
The Tie Canyon Fire was detected at about 6:15 yesterday evening in the Pine Creek area north of Swan Valley. The fire has been very active today and is currently estimated at 800 acres. The fire has crossed the Rainey Creek Road to the north. There are six engines and a five-person fuels crew assigned to the fire. Trail and Road closures are in effect.
The Clifton Fire was reported today and is located two miles south of Clifton, ID on private land but within one mile of the National Forest. Current estimate is 700-acres and very active. There are six federal engines and three Franklin County engines on scene.
Crews continue to make progress on the 265-acre Toponce Fire, burning 16 miles east of Chubbuck, Idaho. Containment is still being reported at 80%. Resources have been reduced due to more significant needs within the dispatch area.
Several small fires, including the Carrot, Lanes Creek, Black and Big Elk Fires continue to burn on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF). No significant size increase has occurred on any of these fires since the last update. After carefully considering impacted resources and analyzing predicted fire behavior and spread, the CTNF will manage these fires to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Naturally-occurring fires can increase forest health and provide many benefits to both wildlife and vegetation. Fire managers will continue to reevaluate strategy and tactics and modify as necessary. An inciweb page was created for the Carrot Fire as closures are in place for the area. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/.
Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.