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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Powerline Fire PM Update

For Immediate Release: August 06, 2017, 9:30 p.m.  
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Powerline Fire
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
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Pocatello, ID—The Powerline Fire continues to be propelled by wind and fire managers estimate the fire at 46,000 acres in size. The fire has burned lands managed by Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, and Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Many roads are closed and homes have been evacuated today.

Closures are in effect for Arbon Valley Highway, Michaud Creek Road, Mink Creek Road, and Trail Creek Road today. Campers along the south fork of Mink Creek were evacuated today along with residents of Pauline. Approximately 20 homes were threatened by the fire today. Firefighters will stay through the night protecting homes. For evacuations and closures contact county law enforcement.

Firefighters and dozer efforts in Michaud Creek successfully prevented the fire from moving into Trail Creek. Firefighters conducted burn out operations around Pauline to protect the town and no structures have been lost today.

The fire is advancing southward, being pushed by winds out of the north. The fire did not advance farther north today and remains west of Kinport Peak. Thunderstorms are expected Monday, which will bring erratic winds that could fuel the fire. A cooling trend is expected later in the week, which should bring relief to firefighting efforts.

Multiple firefighting resources are assisting in containment of this fire. There are currently 26 engines, 4 water tenders, 6 dozers, and 8 handcrews on scene. Air resources are based out of Pocatello Tanker Base. One very large air tanker, 1 heavy air tanker, 7 single air tankers, and 4 helicopters supported the fire today. Over 160,000 gallons of retardant have been dropped on the fire.

Brook Chadwick’s Type II Great Basin Incident Command Team will take command of the fire Monday 6 a.m. For more information until the team takes command, contact Fort Hall Department of Public Safety, 208.237.0137.
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