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Thursday, August 18, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  18 August 2016          
Contact: Lynn Ballard        (208) 557-5765

 EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for thunderstorms from noon today to midnight tonight within the dispatch area.

The 214-acre Toponce Creek Fire is still active with some tree torching, mostly interior, but with a few areas active against our retardant lines. Crews and air support were able to hold the fire within the retardant lines that were laid down yesterday and are working on getting control lines around the fire.  There was minimal fire growth yesterday, which took effort against strong erratic winds surrounding the thunder cells that came through. There was no movement north toward the Reservation boundary. The fire area received < 0.1” of rain, but quickly recovered, likely due to the severely dry fuel moisture conditions. We did received a significant amount of lightning in the area and were able to quickly catch one new lightning start (Cherry Fire - 1/10 acre) immediately below and east of the fire in the sagebrush. Resources on the fire remained the same with 5 engines, 3 20-person hand crews, 11 smokejumpers, air attack and a helicopter.  The fire is 30% contained. 

The attached photo was taken of the fire from Maggie’s Road looking NNW toward South Putnam shortly after the rain. It gives a sense of the extent of the fire area.

Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center dispatched four engines to assist with a 10-acre fire 3 miles north of Fort Hall late in the afternoon.