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Monday, August 28, 2017

Deer Park Fire Final Update

News Release
DATE: August 28, 2017 5:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Deer Park Fire
Twitter @IdahoFireInfo #DeerParkFire
**Final update unless significant fire activity**

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: 17,588 acres

Percent Contained: 90% contained, will be 100% contained at 10 p.m.

Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and brush

Fire Behavior: Fire activity is minimal and smoldering.
Fire Crews/Resources: 13 engines, 3 dozers, 3 water tenders, 1 helicopter and the Sawtooth Hotshots (91 firefighters).

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

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:  Firefighters continued mopping up the fire today. Smoke seen today was from unburned vegetation in the fire’s interior. The fire perimeter is completely lined with dozer line or fire retardant, which has contained the fire. One hundred percent containment is expected for 10 p.m. tonight. Containment does not mean the fire is completely out, but that the fire perimeter has been lined. Firefighters will continue extinguishing heat within the fire’s interior.

*Photo of firefighters extinguishing burning vegetation within the fire's interior*