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Thursday, September 1, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  1 September 2016       
Contact: Lynn Ballard              (208) 313-7737

EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:   Weather continues to be a concern. Thunderstorms are predicted today with more lightning. These storms will be fast moving and produce gusty out flow which could affect fire behavior.  The Great Basin has potential to see wetting rains this weekend in some areas with lower temperatures. Most areas are in red flag warning for gusty winds and dry thunderstorms.

Crews responded to the ¼-acre Sportsman Access Fire about 2 miles north of Lava Hot Springs.  The fire was contained at 1030 am and controlled by 1200.

Due to a thunderstorm activity moving through the area crews have responded to three fires on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  Two near Fort Hall (Ross Fork and Juniper) and one in Arbon Valley (Elevator Loop).  All three where small lightning caused fires and also received rain.

The following fires are active and being managed by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
The 1 1/2-acre Tin Cup Mountain Fire is located approximately eight miles northwest of Freedom, Wyoming.

The 463-acre Carrot Fire was detected on August 13, 2016 southeast of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.
The Black Fire was detected on August 19, 2016, approximately 12 miles northwest of Swan Valley, ID.  The fire size increase to 504-acres.  Expanded Area Closure Order went into effect today.  As a safety precaution, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest implemented an area and trail closure. Visitors to the South Fork area heading to the Fulmer Boat Launch will at times experience heavy fire traffic. The road is very narrow through that area and visitors are encourage to travel slowly (see attached). 

The Big Elk Fire is north of Palisades Reservoir and is approximately 68-acres.
The Lanes Creek Fire is approximately 150-acres.  Smoke is visible from the Tincup Highway, Lanes Creek Cutoff Road and from the Freedom/Thayne area.

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