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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Idaho Falls District Fire Updates

For Immediate Release: August, 01 2017, 10:45 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Idaho Falls District Fire Updates
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Wildhorse Fire

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.

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

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 25,712 acres, acreage down due to GPS mapping from the ground

Percent Contained:   90% contained, full containment expected for 2 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal; heat is interior of the fire perimeter

Structures Threatened:  No immediate threat to structures.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and sage brush. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 12 engines, 4 dozers, 2 water tender

Evacuations:  None in effect at this time.

Closures:  None.

Summary:  There was not any visible smoke on the fire this morning. Heat remains interior and crews will be securing the fire perimeter and mopping up.

Mine Canyon

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Mine Canyon, 8 miles SW of Hawkins Reservoir, BLM

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 10 acres

Percent Contained:  Containment estimated for 8/1, 10 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal fire behavior, difficult terrain is slowing firefighters

Structures Threatened:  No immediate threat to structures.

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and sage brush. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 8 smokejumpers, 2 Type-1 handcrews, Type-3 helicopter (assisting with crew shuttles and supply needs)

Evacuations:  None in effect at this time.

Closures:  None.

Summary: Fire is not active, terrain is making containment progress slow.

Deer Creek II

Start Date: 07/31/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: 3 miles NW of Thayne, WY, Caribou-Targhee NF

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 1/10 acre


Percent Contained:  Contained 7/31 at 3:30 p.m., controlled 7/31 at 4 p.m.

Photo Credit: BLM Engine, Captain Austin Catlin