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Monday, July 3, 2017

Hot Springs Fire Caused By Fireworks

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

Hot Springs Fire Caused By Fireworks
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#HotSpringsFire & BLMIFDFire)

SALMON, IDThe Hot Springs fire started Sunday afternoon four miles south of Salmon, Idaho, east of the airport on BLM land. Four engines from the BLM and Forest Service responded with a federal helicopter and the Lemhi Fire Protection District. The fire burned grass and brush and was fully contained at 25 acres at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The fire investigator confirms fireworks caused the fire.

Crews will remain on the fire Monday mopping up. Fire managers estimate the fire will be controlled at 6 p.m. today.

The fire started on BLM land where it is prohibited to possess or discharge fireworks. Remember you can be liable for the fire suppression costs and cited if you are found igniting fireworks.  

This is the second human caused fire in the Salmon-Challis area in the past week. The Buffalo Jump Fire started on June 25, and was controlled at 6 acres. The Buffalo Jump Fire is under investigation.

Fire season has already started on BLM public lands. We have experienced hot and dry weather and below average precipitation over the past month. Fine fuels like grass are primed to ignite. Please observe the BLM Fire Prevention Order that is in effect until October 20th and be careful as you celebrate the 4th of July.

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.comOne less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.

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