Warm conditions coupled with winds contributed to rapid fire growth on the Birch Creek Fire. The fire started southeast of Ririe just before 2 o’clock this afternoon on private lands. Three engines from Idaho Falls District BLM were requested to assist the local fire departments already on scene. The fire has been contained at approximately 550 acres.
The Mink Fire was detected south of Pocatello at around 3:30. It is about two acres in size, burning in timber. It started on Caribou-Targhee National Forest lands just south of the Mink Creek Guard Station. It began directly adjacent to the Mink Creek Road, which is currently closed for the safety of the public and the firefighters. Multiple resources are on scene, including two air tankers, engines, and a helicopter.
Recent rains along with the shorter fall days have limited fire activity across eastern Idaho. However, these new fires emphasize the fact that fuel conditions are still dry, and fire potential will remain moderate to high until a longer duration weather pattern brings more moisture to the region. Continue to be cautious when working or recreating outdoors.