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Monday, July 3, 2017

Menan Butte Fire Update

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709


MENAN BUTTE FIRE UPDATE
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#MenanButteFire & BLMIFDFire)


IDAHO FALLS, ID – Crews held the fire perimeter overnight at 212 acres. Fire managers estimate full containment at 6 p.m. today. The Menan Butte fire started at approximately 11 p.m. July 1 and evidence suggested the fire was caused by fireworks. The investigation is ongoing.

Multiple agencies assisted in fire fighting efforts Sunday evening and into the early hours Monday morning. Three single air tankers and a heavy air tanker made multiple retardant drops on the advancing head of the fire. Two dozers worked lining the fire perimeter.

Storms passing over the area late Sunday afternoon brought erratic winds rekindling hot spots in the interior of the fire, causing the fire to grow from 30 acres to 212 acres. The fire did not threaten structures and roads were not closed. The fire remained on BLM land and did not burn the butte.

Fire managers reported this morning the fire is smoldering and has reached 75% containment. Seven engines from the BLM and Forest Service along with two dozers will continue to secure the fire perimeter and mop up the fire today.

Help prevent wildfires this holiday weekend. Fireworks are prohibited on BLM land under the BLM Fire Prevention Order that is in effect until October 20th. This is the fourth human caused fire in the Menan Butte area in the last two weeks. There have been two fires caused by shooting and one caused by an abandoned campfire.

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.

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