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Friday, June 9, 2017

Gap Fire Update


DATE: 06/09/2017
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709


GAP FIRE UPDATE
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#GapFire & #BLMIFDFire)


POCATELLO, ID – Firefighters continue to secure the fire perimeter of the Gap Fire. The Gap Fire was mapped earlier today at 486 acres. No new fire growth occurred this afternoon. Cooler temperatures assisted firefighter efforts as they worked inside the interior putting out hot spots. Fire managers anticipate full containment of the fire by 7:30 p.m. this evening.

Idaho Falls District (IFD) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) engines and Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) engines, along with a handcrew ordered from the Boise National Forest (BNF), will stay on throughout the weekend to continue mopping up hotspots and monitoring the fire. Unless there is substantial rain fall from the cold front moving in, expect to see some smoke deep within the fire interior over the weekend.

Eastern Idaho’s Wildland Fire School, where new recruits learn how to safely fight fire, wrapped up last week. Many of those recent graduates are fighting the Gap Fire.

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. For additional wildfire updates, Firewise information, and fire prevention tips visit www.IdahoFireInfo.com.  One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.

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Photo Caption: Kyler Brabec, who recently graduated from wildland fire school, survey’s his first fire.