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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  30 August 2016          
Contact: Lynn Ballard             (208) 313-7737

EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:   The following weather update comes from the Great Basin Coordinating Center

 *** HIGH RISK for WIND/LOW RH IDAHO WED ***

As low pressure moves into the Pacific NW, along with its cold front...winds will start to pick up ahead of the front across northern Nevada and western Idaho late Tue, spreading to the rest of Idaho and northern Utah Wednesday.  High Risk has been issued for parts of Idaho where winds might be strongest, in areas of existing large fires.  
 
At the same time, scattered showers and some thunderstorms are now expected to form along this front late Wednesday, with the most likely areas being northeast Nevada, eastern Idaho, western Wyoming and far northern Utah. High Risk has been issued for these areas.

Fire resources are currently responding to the Granite Creek Fire in the Antelope Flat area next to the Snake River approximately seven miles northwest of Swan Valley.  This 25-acre fire started on private land.  Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center dispatched five engines, a 20-person Type I hand crew and a water tender.

The 1.5-acre Tin Cup Mountain Fire is located approximately eight miles northwest of Freedom, Wyoming or four miles northwest of the Tin Cup Campground on the Soda Springs Ranger District.  This lightning caused fire will be managed by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to allow fire to play its natural role where appropriate and to reduce heavy dead and down fuel loading.

The following fires that have been previously reported on and are also being managed.  The Carrot and Black fires have updated acreages associated with them today.    

The 343-acre Carrot Fire was detected on August 13, 2016 southeast of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.

The Black Fire was detected on August 19, 2016, approximately 12 miles northwest of Swan Valley, ID.  The fire is approximately 338-acres in size and very visible from Highway 26 as you travel east from Idaho Falls. 

The Big Elk Fire is north of Palisades Reservoir and is approximately 68-acres in size and has not shown any growth in the past few days.

The lightning caused Lanes Creek Fire started on June 30, 2016.  The fire is approximately 150-acres.  Fire is creeping with single and group tree torching.  Fire is currently spreading to the northeast and southeast and spotting into the Lau Creek drainage. Smoke is visible from the Tincup Highway, Lanes Creek Cutoff Road and from the Freedom/Thayne area.

Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com