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Monday, August 7, 2017

Powerline Fire Update Monday, August 7, 2017

---NEW CONTACT INFORMATION---
Powerline Fire Information:
801-703-0225
or
208-741-9262

An infrared flight mapped the fire last night estimating the size at 51,050 acres with 25% contained. An infrared flight detects the heat on the ground and maps intense and scattered heat. This assists fire resources in establishing their tactics for fire suppression.

The dozer line on the west side of the fire west of the Arbon Valley Highway is holding well. Crews will continue to secure the line and mop up hot spots.
The dozer line built yesterday on the north portion of the fire from Arbon Valley Highway east to Michael Creek Road was successful and crews will continue to secure unburned fuel between the dozer line and the perimeter and mop up hot spots.
Fire has moved into the trees on the east perimeter and holding up in the pinyon and juniper trees. The fuel moisture is much higher in this portion of the fire. Crews are scouting the area today for existing trails and roads to use to secure the fire on this edge.
The southern edge between Arbon Valley Highway and Mink Creek Road is the most active portion of the fire as it threatened the community of Pauline yesterday. Crews are actively working to secure unburned fuel within the perimeter of the fire and mop up heat close to the structures in the community.
Fire managers are working with Rocky Mountain Power Company to replace downed and damaged power poles and restore power to the affected communities.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, Idaho BLM and Caribou-Targhee National Forest have delegated management of the fire to a specialized team trained in managing large, complex wildfires. Great Basin Team 6 is made up of experts from various fields including Fire Behavior, Meteorology, Fire Operations and others. The team took command of the incident as of 6 a.m. today.

A community meeting will be held at the Arbon Elementary School, 4405 Arbon Valley Highway, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8th.


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