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Thursday, August 4, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  4 August 2016                                                Contact: Lynn Ballard
                                                                                                                             (208) 557-5765
EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Eastern Idaho Fire resources responded to two smoke reports yesterday.  
 
The Holloway Canyon Fire, located 5 miles northwest of Holbrook, ID was reported about 12:45 PM.  This 66-acre fire was contained at 4:30 PM and controlled at 10 PM.  Cause is still under investigation.  Four engines, a dozer, water tender, air attack and two loads of retardant were used to bring the fire into containment.
 
The Rocky Peak Fire is located approximately 10-miles north of Preston, ID.  Reported at 6:40 PM
the fire quickly grew to about 250-acres when crews arrived.  It has grown to an estimated 500-800 acres of private and Bureau of Land Management administered lands.  No estimation of containment or control at this time.  Cause of the fire is still under investigation.   Resources on the fire included 5 engines, a dozer, air attack, 11 smoke jumpers, and fuels crew.  Franklin County is also providing fire support and traffic control.  Air resources are available to assist during operations today.
 

No significant changes to the two managed fires by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Big Elk Fire is still estimated at 2 acres.  The resources currently assigned to the fire are performing assessments and pretreatments of trailheads and other infrastructure and resources in the fire area.  A web camera was placed on an opposing ridge for fire managers to constantly view the fire behavior throughout the daylight hours. Resources:  1 Engines, 10 Total Personnel   Start Date:  7/26        Cause:  Under Investigation

The Lanes Creek Fire continues to burn about 9 air miles west of Freedom, Wyoming.  Fire staff on the CTNF are managing the fire to meet multiple objectives, including allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem by removing dense conifers and encouraging aspen regeneration.  A web camera allows fire personnel to monitor the fire constantly, while firefighters on the ground have completed pre-treatments to minimize the fire’s potential impact to state and private lands.  The fire has shown little activity since the last mapped perimeter of 116 acres.  Limited resources are assigned to the fire; however, managers are prepared to increase the staffing to meet the needs of the incident.  An Emergency Closure Order is in effect, closing the Lau Creek Trail from the Pine Bar Campground to the confluence of Brush Creek.

 Resources:  One engine                    Start Date:  6/30         Cause: Lightning

Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com.
One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.