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Monday, August 8, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  8 August 2016                                                   Contact: Gina Martin
                                                                                                                                 (208) 313-7843

EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  
 
Lightning caused fires continue to be detected throughout the fire zone today. These are
currently the fires of significance: 
 
  
The Lone Pine fire is located on the Fort Hall Reservation 7 miles east of Fort Hall, ID.  The fire is
burning in sagebrush, grass and pinyon juniper.  The fire size is 9,200 acres (There is a reduction in size due to more accurate mapping) There is a Type 3 organization managing the fire.  The fire is 40% contained with no estimate of full containment or control. 
Resources assigned include 17 engine, 4 handcrews, 3 dozers, 2 helicopters and a total of 200
personnel assigned.   Start Date: 8/6      Cause:  Lightning
 
A press conference is to be held at the Ross Fork Lodge at 11 am 8/9.  For more information
regarding the Lone Pine fire please contact Logan Linnan at 360-929-2538.
 
The Witt fire is located 6 miles NW of Ashton near Da Witt canyon.  The fire is burning in grass,
brush and timber and is 45 acres in size.  Estimated containment is 8/8 at 10 pm and control at 8/10 at 8 am. 
Resources assigned:  5 engines, 1 dozer and Fremont County Fire Department engine 
Start Date:  8/8 Cause:  Lightning 
 
The White Sands fire is located 14 miles west of Ashton, ID.  The fire was controlled today
and all resources released.  Fire size was 55 acres
Start Date:  8/7   Cause:  Lightning
This is the last report unless significate activity occurs.  
 
    
The Grace fire is located 5 miles north of Grace, ID and was controlled 8/7 and all resources have
been released.  Fire size was 203 acres.  Start Date: 8/6 Cause:  Under investigation
This is the last report unless significate activity occurs.  
 

The Big Elk Fire is located 10 miles north of Alpine, WY, and is estimated at 55 acres.  Recent winds, dry conditions and very steep slopes have caused fire growth and brought fire downhill near the Elk Creek Trail (FS Trail 097).  Crews are working on reducing fuels and improving line near the bottom of the slope in more favorable terrain.  The public is asked to avoid the area to reduce congestion with firefighting activities.

Resources:  Three engines, 10 person Wildland Fire Module and a helicopter as needed. Start Date:  7/26 Cause:  Lightning

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 128 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 (FS Trail 020) 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