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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

HENRYS CREEK FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 23, 2016, Afternoon Update
Idaho Falls, ID – Firefighters continue to battle active flames on the Henrys Creek Fire six miles east of Idaho Falls, Idaho. A recent recon flight depicts the fire at 25,000 acres. Agency officials expect that number to grow as crews are seeing active fire behavior on large portions of the perimeter. The fire is over 17 miles long running from the Black Hawk subdivision to the Ririe Reservoir. A rough map showing heat activity is attached.
The rough terrain is making dozer and ground access difficult, but crews continue to make progress. The Henrys Creek Fire is considered the number two fire in the Eastern Great Basin, which allows us the ability to pull critical resources from the region to our area. Air resources including air attack, Single Engine Air Tankers, Helicopters and Super Scoopers are providing much needed assistance.  
Great Basin Heat Map for the Henrys Creek Fire
Bonneville County is at capacity with donations from the local community and asks that those who wish to donate to the community in this time of need contact their local Red Cross, churches or other volunteer organizations. 
 
Private landowners who need to get into the closure area are asked to contact Bonneville County at 208-529-1200 to coordinate those efforts. The Sheriff’s Office has been working with ranchers to relocate cattle that may be impacted by the fire. We appreciate the patience of landowners as extended attack continues.
 
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office continues to enforce the previous closures and once again requests individuals stay away from firefighting operations. Several individuals are accessing the fire area from backroads; this presents large safety concerns especially with the erratic fire behavior crews are experiencing.
 
Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
 
Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com.  One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.