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Friday, September 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  9 September 2016       
Contact: Lynn Ballard          (208) 313-7737

EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  Yesterday’s increased wind conditions, did not result in large increases in acres burned on the managed fires in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. 
Updates and fire progression maps for the Black (641-acres) and Carrot (585-acres) Fires are attached.

Early reports from the Tin Cup Mountain Fire indicate an estimated seven acre increase in the fire size (about 150-acres).  The Tin Cup Fire is located approximately eight miles northwest of Freedom, Wyoming on the Soda Springs Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire was reported August 29, 2016 and is highly visible from Highway 34. Forest Officials ask individuals refrain from calling dispatch to report this wildfire.  Engines and hand crews continue fuels abatement work along power lines located near the bottom of the drainage and near the Highway. Crews are wrapping poles with a fire protective wrap and assessing private properties near the fire area.  A remote camera has been placed on a ridge overlooking the fire area.  The camera will allows fire managers to monitor fire activity at any time during daylight hours and monitor its progress.

The 216-acre Lanes Creek Fire located about 10 miles south of the Tin Cup Mountain Fire also showed slow progression yesterday.  The Tin Cup Mountain & Lanes Creek Fires are likely to burn until a major precipitation event occurs or until it snows. The Caribou Targhee National Forest has posted a caution to forest visitors on Forest Trail #463, Marshall Canyon and in the Lanes and Lau Creek areas.  Fire managers urge individuals to use caution and stay out of the area due to fire hazards.

Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com