Social Media Picasa Youtube

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Deer Park Fire PM Update

DATE: August 27, 2017 7:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Deer Park Fire
Twitter @IdahoFireInfo #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: 17,588 acres

Percent Contained: 65% contained, estimated containment August 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and brush

Fire Behavior: Fire activity once again picked up in the afternoon driving the fire north, but at the time of this release fire activity is being reported as minimal and smoldering. There is still some isolated torching of unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter.  

Fire Crews/Resources: 14 engines, 4 dozers, 3 water tenders, and the Sawtooth Hotshots (115 firefighters). Multiple air tankers and 2 helicopters assisted ground resources in securing the fire perimeter today.

Evacuations:  No evacuations at this time.

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 made substantial progress today reaching 65% containment. This is in large part due to widening dozer line and retardant line around the fire perimeter. These tactics were tested this afternoon when winds picked up in the afternoon and drove the fire north again. The tactics worked and now fire activity has died down. Expect to still see smoke and flames from burning vegetation in the fire’s interior. Fire managers still expect full containment by the end of shift Monday, August 28.  

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. For additional wildfire updates visit www.IdahoFireInfo.com.  One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.