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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.
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.