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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lodgepole Fire containment increases

Emmett, Idaho, July 24, 2018 -- Firefighting crews continue to make progress on the Lodgepole Fire burning about 14 miles north of Crouch along National Forest System (NFS) road 671. The fire now stands at 1,616 acres and is 45 percent contained.
An area closure remains in place for public and firefighter safety. The road to Silver Creek Plunge remains open, as does the Plunge itself and area Forest Service campgrounds.

“The fire hasn’t really grown over the last several days. A few spot fires have been found, but were quickly caught by the crews,” said Emmett District Ranger Richard Newton. “There are interior pockets of fuel that continue to burn in the understory with this hot and dry weather. Containment lines are in place and crews are patrolling and mopping-up the perimeter.”

There are approximately 96 firefighters on the ground and are receiving support from one helicopter and four engines.

The Lodgepole Fire originally was a prescribed fire ignited April 24. Pockets of smoldering heat in heavy fuels, combined with hot and dry weather, resulted in a creeping fire causing smoke to settle into nearby Crouch and threatened to grow outside the project boundary. It was declared a wildfire on July 14.

To view closure area maps online, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5929/

For more information contact Mike Williamson, Acting Public Affairs Officer, (208) 373-4105.