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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update


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Mammoth Fire
--Located: 7 miles north of Shoshone  
--Size: estimated 15,000 acres
--Contain: estimated 8/6/2017, 8 p.m.
    --Control: estimated 8/8/2017, 8 p.m.
    --Resources: 13 engines, two type two initial attack hand crews,  one type one hot shot crew, seven overhead, three dozers, three water tenders, one camp crew,  one air attack, two helicopters, three air tankers
--Fuel type: grass and brush
--Fire behavior: active fire behavior, with wind driven runs
--Structures: yes- one primary residence and several secondary structures
--Cause: undetermined

 
The Mammoth Fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Due to high winds, the fire grew quickly, exhibiting extreme fire behavior.  At 6:40 p.m., Twin Falls District BLM and Richfield Rural Fire Department, assumed Unified Command of the fire. Assistant Chief Jose Loughmiller, assumed command of the structure protection group, while BLM Incident Commander, Clay Stephens, remained in control of the wildland fire suppression.

Lincoln County Sheriff, Rene Rodriguez, ordered evacuations for the Burmah Road and Cottonwood Slough areas. One primary residence and several secondary structures were lost.  The evacuation order has been lifted, and homeowners are being allowed to return to their homes. Access to the public is still restricted. 

Weather and difficult terrain remain a concern to fire fighters. High winds and low relative humidity are predicted for the fire area today. The northern and southern flanks of the fire remain active. Access on the northern flank is difficult due to lava rock. Additional resources have arrived on scene, in anticipation of today’s wind event. Forecast predicts wind gusts to reach 30 miles per hour over the fire area this afternoon.

For More Information,

·         Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer
·          kbrizendine@blm.gov
                ·         208-308-5991


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