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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Chesterfield Fire 8.14.2018 AM Update


For Immediate Release: August 14, 2018 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Fort Hall Emergency Operations Center, 208-237-0137

Chesterfield Fire Update
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Start Date: 08/13/2018 early morning

Location and Jurisdiction: Approximately 1 mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation. Has now burned onto private and BLM lands.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: estimated 2,500 acres

Percent Contained: 50%, containment estimated for 8/15/18
  
Fire Behavior: Fire is creeping, but expected to pick up as the day heats up.

Structures Threatened:  No structures threatened

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush in steep terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 brush trucks, 9 smokejumpers and 3 dozers. Ordering air resources for the day.

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures:  No closures.

Summary: The Chesterfield Fire started the morning of 8/13/2018 approximately one mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation. Fire managers report that there is line around a large portion of the fire, but the south, southeast portion of the fire is in steep, difficult terrain for firefighters to access. Fire behavior subsided overnight due to lower temperatures and high humidities allowing firefighters and dozers to get indirect line around the southeast corner of the fire. Today, firefighters and dozers will work to secure the fire perimeter and complete line around the south portion of the fire. Fire activity is expected to pick up as the day heats up with most of the fire activity occurring on the south, southeast portion of the fire.