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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Powerline Fire AM Update


For Immediate Release: August 06, 2017, 9 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Powerline Fire
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#PowerlineFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Pocatello, ID—The Powerline Fire burned aggressively through the night moving from Fort Hall Indian Reservation lands towards the northeast and east crossing onto Caribou-Targhee National Forest lands. The fire is now west of Kinport Peak, having moved past the Bannock County line. Fire managers estimate the fire at 30,000 acres in size. The fire is human-caused and is currently under investigation.

The fire continues to actively burn northeast, working its way up western facing slopes and is approximately 4 miles southwest of Pocatello. The fire is burning in grass, sage brush and juniper.

Firefighters worked through the night protecting several structures from the 35-40 foot flame lengths. Fortunately, no additional structures were lost during last night’s fire fight. For evacuations and closures contact county law enforcement.

Firefighters will be working in the Michaud Creek area on the north end of the fire to keep the fire from entering Trail Creek. They will also be working southeast of the fire in Crystal Creek.

Multiple firefighting resources are assisting in containment of this fire. There are currently 22 engines, 6 water tenders, 5 dozers, and 2 handcrews on scene. Air resources are based out of Pocatello Tanker Base and will be supporting the fire today. Additional resources have been ordered.

Brook Chadwick’s Type II Great Basin Incident Command Team are arriving today and will begin the command transition process. For more information until the team takes command, contact Fort Hall Department of Public Safety, 208.237.0137.

Firefighters have all the amenities they need and do not need donations. We appreciate the public’s thoughtfulness. If the public wishes to make donations, please donate to entities like the Red Cross or Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Remember wildland fire aircraft fly low and fast. Drones pose a serious threat to pilot’s safety. Flying drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) near a wildfire is illegal. Drones can shut down air operations. If you fly, we can’t!
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Photos taken by BLM Engine Captain Austin Catlin


For more information on fires in Idaho visit www.IdahoFireInfo.com.

For more information on fires across the country, visit www.inciweb.org.