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EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE - NEW FIRE DETECTED NEAR SOUTH FORK OF THE SNAKE RIVER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19 August 2016Contact: Sarah Wheeler, (208) 709-2352
Black Fire 08.19.2016
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
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.
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.
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.