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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Artesian Fire Update

News Release
DATE: August 18, 2018 5:15 p.m.
CONTACT: Katie Gorby,, 208-497-7270

Artesian Fire Update
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
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Start Date: 08/18/2018 11 a.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Highway 33 Mile Marker 62, 3 miles east of Sage Junction. (Private & BLM lands)

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: estimated 1000 acres

Percent Contained: containment estimated for this evening, August 18.
Fire Behavior: Fire is actively running.

Structures Threatened:  Yes, one ranch a ½ mile south of the fire potentially threatened.

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

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 6 brush truck, 4 tenders (BLM, USFS, Central Fire District, Hamer VFD, Roberts VFD) and 3 dozers. 2 single air tankers, 1 heavy air tanker, 1 helicopter, 2 Fire Bosses and a very large air tanker. Madison Fire Department and Ucon Fire Department ordered for structure protection.

Evacuations: All evacuation will be handled by Jefferson County Sheriff as necessary.

Closures:  No closures.

Summary: The Artesian Fire has grown to 1000 acres. It is most active on its south and southeast side. Retardant is holding the fire to the north and dozers are working their way around the fire perimeter. The North dozer line corner is holding and is looking good. The fire is being impacted by winds from the North and pushing the fire South. The fire has jumped the dozer line to the south a few times and it has jumped the canal in several places but they were able to corral those sections. The plan is to continue fighting the southward movement of the fire.