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Friday, August 19, 2016

EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE - NEW FIRE DETECTED NEAR SOUTH FORK OF THE SNAKE RIVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  19 August 2016                Contact:  Sarah Wheeler, (208) 709-2352 


Black Fire 08.19.2016
Idaho Falls, ID – A lightning-ignited fire was detected early Friday, August 19, on the ridge between Bear Gulch and Black Canyon. The ¼ acre Black Fire is burning in Douglas Fir and Subalpine Fir. Smoke is highly visible from Highway 26 and the South Fork of the Snake River. Fire behavior is minimal, mainly smoldering and creeping. The fire is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Swan Valley, Idaho.

Carrot Fire 08.19.2016
The Carrot Fire, which was detected on August 13, continues to burn within the remote Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Fire officials flew the perimeter today and estimate the fire at 15 acres. Natural barriers in the area, including rock cliffs and scree slopes are slowing fire spread. After considering the remote location of the fire, hazards associated to firefighters including snags, rolling material and steep terrain, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) will continue to monitor the fire to allow it to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Air craft and remotely operated web cameras will be used to monitor and assess fire activity and growth.


Smoke continues to impact all of eastern Idaho as a result of fires burning in western Idaho, Northern California, and western Wyoming.  Weather patterns are causing smoke to linger, particularly in the valleys.  As a reminder, www.IdahoFireInfo.com has several links (on the lower right hand side of the page) to information on smoke conditions and air quality.  

For photos and videos of the recent fires in eastern Idaho, visit the Idaho Fire Info Flickr albums for the Idaho Falls District BLM at http://tinyurl.com/ho4ap3x and CTNF at http://tinyurl.com/h86tkr8

While there are no fire restrictions on lands managed by the Idaho Falls District BLM or Caribou-Targhee National Forest, it is important that residents and visitors take precautions to prevent human-caused fires.  Dragging chains and blown tires are common causes of roadside fires.  Perform preventative maintenance on your vehicles and trailers.  Keep campfires in fire rings and ensure they are completely out before leaving your campsite.  Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com.  One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.

Location of Black Fire