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Sunday, September 23, 2018

8 Mile Fire Evening Update, Sept. 23, 2018


8 Mile Fire Update
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Updated Status: Crew made good progress on the 8 mile fire, increasing containment to 75%. Fire size remains at 1,016 acres. Fire officials experienced minimal fire activity today with minor smoldering and creeping in the drier fuels. Fire strategy remains focused on increasing and bolstering containment lines, mopping up burning vegetation and running hose lays to interior hot spots to reduce heat and the possibility of flare ups. Anticipated containment is expected tomorrow, Sept. 24. Caribou County lifted evacuations and closures today. Fire officials still ask the public to remain cognizant of fire operation efforts in the area and to drive slowly. Although temperatures are dropping and days are getting shorter record dry fuels are resulting in fast moving fires. Please be cautious while participating in any activity that may cause a spark.

Start Date: 09/22/2018 at approximately 2 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Five miles southeast of Soda Springs, ID. Burning on private land. Threatening BLM and private forested lands

Cause: Under investigation. For more information on cause, please refer to the Caribou County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page

Fire Size:  1,016 acres

Percent Contained: 75%, 100 % containment expected 09/24/2018
  
Fire Behavior: Fire is smoldering and creeping. While there is minimal chance for growth, fire officials are taking precautions for high overnight winds.

Structures Threatened:  Two single residences and three other structures were destroyed

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and scattered timber

Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 2 dozers and two 20-person handcrews. Air support includes air attack and two helicopters. Additional resources supporting the fire are from Caribou, Bear Lake and Franklin County

Evacuations:  The Caribou County Sheriff’s office has lifted all evacuations and closures in the area