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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Grassy Ridge Fire 7/28/18 Afternoon Update


For Immediate Release: July 28, 2018 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Grassy Ridge Fire Update
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Start Date: 07/26/2018

Location and Jurisdiction: 15 miles northwest of St. Anthony near Red Road (BLM & State lands). Burning east of the old Red Road Fire.

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: estimated 71,600 acres

Percent Contained: 20%, no estimated containment
  
Fire Behavior: Running and very active. 

Structures Threatened:  Structures are threatened.

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush on flat ground.

Fire Crews/Resources: 13 engines (BLM, USFS, BIA, IDL), multiple county and rural fire departments are assisting, 1 handcrew and 4 dozers. Retardant is being dropped on the fire..

Evacuations:  None in effect.

Closures:  Red Road is closed from the sand dunes to the Kilgore Road. Grassy Ridge road is closed. Kilgore Road may close depending on fire progression.  

Summary: The Grassy Ridge Fire started on 7/26/18 at approximately 3 p.m. off the Red Road. Thunderstorms tracked over the fire through the night bringing gusty outflow winds that resulted in extreme fire behavior propelling the fire to 71,600 acres. Fire officials confirm the loss of cows despite firefighters efforts. The number has not been determined. The owner has been notified. Eastern Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center continues to work closely with county, local and volunteer fire departments along with the Camas Creek Rural Fire Protection Association in fighting the fire. A Great Basin Type-2 Team has been ordered and will in brief at 8 p.m.