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Monday, July 31, 2017

Wildhorse Fire

News Release
For Immediate Release: July 31, 2017, 9 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Wildhorse Fire
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)


Start Date: 07/30/2017

Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 25,000 acres

Percent Contained:  Containment estimated for 7/31 at 8 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal fire activity at the time of this release.

Structures Threatened:  No immediate threat to structures.

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and sage brush. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 4 dozers, 1 water tender

Evacuations:  None in effect at this time.

Closures:  None.

Summary: The fire was reported on 7/30 around 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning from a storm that moved over the area with erratic, gusty winds. Crews estimated the fire at 2,000 acres an hour after it was reported. Multiple fire retardant drops were made on the fire last evening. The fire grew quickly due to wind and made large runs through the night due to extreme fire behavior. Fire activity is now minimal and resources will spend the day working to secure the fire perimeter.

Images taken yesterday, 7/30, by Engine Captain Austin Catlin