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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Idaho Falls Fire Updates

For Immediate Release: August 05, 2017, 9 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee,, 208-521-8709

Idaho Falls Fire Updates
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#PowerlineFire,  #LavaFlowFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Powerline Fire

Start Date: 8/5/2017 at 8:20 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: 7 miles SE of American Falls, ID, Arbon Valley, Unified command of BLM and Fort Hall

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: 3,000 acres

Percent Contained: containment estimated for 8/5 at 10 p.m.

Structures Threatened:  Yes, nine primary structures were threatened and structure protection was initiated.

Fuels and Terrain:  Grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: 14 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders, and 2 handcrews from Ft. Hall BIA, Ft. Hall Fire, BLM, USFS, Chubbuck Fire, Bannock County, and Power County. Air resources have been requested and will start working the fire this morning.

Evacuations:  Evacuations were conducted by Power County law enforcement (contact Fort Hall Dispatch for more information).

Closures:  Possible closures along Arbon Valley Highway, contact Fort Hall Dispatch.

Summary:  The Powerline Fire was extremely active through the night. The fire crossed the Arbon Valley Highway and burned at least one power pole. Idaho power was on scene to fix the downed powerlines. Structures were threatened and firefighters conducted burn out operations to protect the structures from the advancing fire.

Lava Flow Fire Update 4

Start Date: Reported 8/2/2017

Location and Jurisdiction: 5 miles south of Atomic City, ID, BLM

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 22,651 acres

Percent Contained:  45%, containment estimated for 8/6

Structures Threatened:  No immediate threat to structures.

Fuels and Terrain:  Tall grass and brush intermixed between the lava flows

Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 1 helicopter

Evacuations:  None in effect at this time.

Closures:  None.

Summary:  There is minimal fire activity this morning. There is still vegetation interior to the fire perimeter burning, but there is a low probability of fire growth. Firefighters will continue to secure and mop up the fire perimeter.

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