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Friday, August 4, 2017

Lava Flow Fire Update 2

For Immediate Release: August 04, 2017, 10 a.m.   
Contact: Kelsey Griffee,, 208-521-8709

Lava Flow Fire Update 2
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#LavaFlowFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: Reported 8/2/2017

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

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: 24,500 acres

Percent Contained:  15%, 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: 14 engines, 3 dozers, 3 water tender, 2 handcrews, and 2 helicopters (129 personnel)

Evacuations:  None in effect at this time.

Closures:  None.

Summary:  The Lava Flow Fire continues to burn actively, driven by wind. Firefighters have started to get a handle on the fire and will be using direct tactics today. Handcrews will go direct by digging line and working with helicopters. Helicopters will drop water on the fire to slow the fire’s progress and secure the fire perimeter.

Photo of the south edge of the fire, smoke obscuring the view