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Friday, August 5, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  5 August 2016                                                 Contact: Lynn Ballard
                                                                                                                              (208) 557-5765
EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Eastern Idaho Fire resources received a break yesterday with no reported
smokes to respond to. 
 
Crews also had a successful day containing the Rocky Peak Fire.  This fire is located approximately
10-miles north of Preston, ID and was contained at 950-acres.  No estimation of control has been given.  Cause of the fire is still under investigation.   Resources on the fire included 7 engines, a dozer, and a 10-person fuels crew.
 

Again no significant changes have occurred on the two managed fires on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Big Elk Fire is still estimated at 2 acres.  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 is located 9 air miles west of Freedom, Wyoming.  The fire is being managed 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