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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Deer Park Fire PM Update

News Release
DATE: August 26, 2017 6 p.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Deer Park Fire

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: 14,709 acres

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

Structures Threatened:  Structures are threatened near Hamer and county resources are providing structure protection.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and brush

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior picked up, as expected this afternoon, pushing the fire farther to the west.

Fire Crews/Resources: 20 engines, 5 dozers, 3 water tenders, and the Sawtooth Hotshots (107 firefighters). 10 single air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers, and 1 very large air tanker having been lining the fire with retardant through the day.

Evacuations:  No evacuations at this time, contact the county for evacuation information.

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:  Fire activity picked up this afternoon and the fire made a push of 500 acres to the west. There are structures approximately 1 mile from the fire and county firefighters are providing structure protection. Multiple air resources worked to slow the fire this afternoon. Firefighters did make good progress on the other flanks of the fire and are now estimating full containment for August 28. Firefighters will continue to fight the fire through the night.

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