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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Several Small Fires Ignite in Eastern Idaho this Weekend
EIIFC FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 21, 2016
Idaho Falls, ID – Several small fires ignited this weekend as temperatures slightly increased. The majority of smoke affecting the valley is drifting in from several large wildfires burning throughout the western states, including western Idaho, California and western Wyoming. A map is attached depicting the fires burning in western Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.
The Rattlesnake Island Fire was reported August 20, burning eight miles east of Heise Hot Springs, on an island located on the South Fork of the Snake River. Bonneville County provided EIIFC assistance by jetboating several firefighter crews to the island to extinguish the flames. The fire is suspected to be human-caused and is currently under investigation. It is mapped at 4.1 acres. Crews expect to reach containment later this afternoon with an estimated control time of 6:00 p.m.
The lightning-caused Kyle Canyon Fire was reported August 20, burning nine miles northeast of Howe, Idaho. One engine was dispatched to the area and quickly contained the .1-acre fire.
Crews are making significant headway on the 265-acre Toponce Fire, burning 16 miles east of Chubbuck, Idaho. The Incident Commander reports that the fire is 80% contained. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and occasional single tree torching. Several handcrews, engines and air resources continue to work hotspots. Approximately 151 personnel are assigned to the fire.
Several small fires, including the Carrot, Lanes Creek, Black and Big Elk Fires continue to burn on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF). No significant size increase has occurred on any of these fires since the last update. After carefully considering impacted resources and analyzing predicted fire behavior and spread, the CTNF will manage theses fires to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Naturally-occurring fires can increase forest health and provide many benefits to both wildlife and vegetation. Fire managers will continue to reevaluate strategy and tactics and modify as necessary. An inciweb page was created for the Carrot Fire as closures are in place for the area. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/.
Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.