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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Deer Park Fire AM Update

News Release
DATE: August 27, 2017 10:30 a.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Deer Park Fire
Twitter @BLMIdahoFire #DeerParkFire 

Start Date: 8/25/2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: West of Menan Butte and north of Deer Park, 12 miles west of Rexburg, Idaho on BLM

Cause: Human, under investigation

Fire Size: 17,656 acres

Percent Contained: 30% contained, estimated containment August 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened at the time of this release. Structures were threatened last night near Hamer and then a wind shift occurred, which pushed the fire towards homes near Plano. County resources provided structure protection.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and brush

Fire Behavior: Winds shifted from the west to the north yesterday evening, which pushed the fire towards Plano (it is no longer threatening structures). Fire activity died down during the night, which firefighters took advantage of.

Fire Crews/Resources: 20 engines, 5 dozers, 3 water tenders, and the Sawtooth Hotshots (107 firefighters). Air attack is flying the fire this morning and is calling air tankers as needed.

Evacuations:  No evacuations at this time, Plano residents from 5000 N and 6000 W were able to return to their homes around 9:30 p.m. last night. For evacuation information contact the county sheriff’s office.

Closures: The gun range, Unified Sportsmen’s Club, off of Hwy 33 and west of Menan Butte remains closed to the public, it is being used by firefighters as the incident command post.

Summary:  Winds shifted to the north around 6:30 p.m. last night. This caused the fire to move towards Plano, where 5000 N and 6000 W residents were evacuated (evacuations are lifted at this time). Firefighters worked diligently through the night protecting homes and took advantage of the high humidity to slow the fire’s progress. There is almost dozer line around the whole fire perimeter and dozers will continue enforcing the fire line today. Air tankers will also continue to line the fire today with retardant. Firefighters will keep securing the line and still estimate full containment by end of shift August 28.  


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*Photo from BLM Engine Captain Austin Catlin, when the winds shifted pushing the fire north*