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Idaho Fire Incident Map

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ross Fork Fire

For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2018 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Kathleen Gorby,, (208) 497-7270

Ross Fork Fire
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Start Date: 08/16/2018

Location and Jurisdiction: 5 miles North East of Pocatello, on Tribal Land, BIA. Next to the location of the Big Horse Fire that occurred earlier this month.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: 2480 acres

Percent Contained:  50% contained, estimated containment 8/17 2200, estimated control time 8/18 2000
Fire Behavior: Running

Structures Threatened:   Yes

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush running.

Fire Crews/Resources: 9 engines, 3 dozers (70 firefighters)

Evacuations:  40 homes evacuated, closest structure to fire ¼ mile on eastern flank. Evacuations will be lifted today at 10 a.m.

Closures:  All of Ross Fork road is closed and Simplot road is closed from Sands to Ross Fork

Summary: The crews finished putting dozer line around the fire last night. The firefighters finished tying in the Ross Fork Fire with the Big Horse Fire using indirect fire line.