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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


HENRYS CREEK FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 23, 2016, Morning Update

Idaho Falls, ID – Firefighters convened at the Incident Command Post (ICP) off Ammon Road at 6:00 a.m. to outline today’s operational tactics for the Henrys Creek Fire. A rough estimate places the fire at over 17,000 acres. A recon plane will be in the sky around 8:30 a.m. to provide a more accurate mapping of the fire.

The fire made a major push towards the northeast last night, jumping Meadow Creek, approximately six miles south of Highway 26. Jefferson County Central Fire District joined firefighting efforts by providing assistant with structure protection. Idaho Falls Fire Department confirms two cabins were lost last night but no injuries were sustained.

 

Henrys Creek Fire Burns east of Blacktail Reservoir
The fire is being managed as a Unified Command between the Bureau of Land Management, Bonneville County Sherriff Department and Idaho Falls Fire Department. A type 2 team has been ordered. The Red Flag warning expired this morning and fire officials are hoping lighter winds and cooler temperatures will reduce fire activity and assist them in containing more of the area. Crews will  focus on enhancing the western and eastern fire perimeters.

 

The Bonneville County Sheriff Department continues to enforce the previous closures and once again requests individuals stay away from firefighting operations. Several near misses occurred on the roads last night as cars continued to drive up Lincoln Road and Highway 26 to get views of the fire.

 

Fire investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire but have determined that it was a result of human activity as no lightning was in the area at the time of ignition.

 

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