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Sunday, September 23, 2018

8 Mile Fire Morning Update 09/23/2018



8 Mile Fire Update
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Updated Status: Activity on the 8 Mile Fire died down during the night as cooler temperatures, higher humidity and light winds reduced fire spread and intensity. Air attack estimates the fire at 1,016 acres. Two trailers and two summer homes were lost in the fast moving blaze. Fire officials were able to obtain an additional 20-person handcrew, which will be critical in securing the fire’s edge in some of the more difficult terrain. In addition to ground resources, two helicopters will be used throughout the day to reduce hot spots and limit fire spread. Bear Lake and Caribou County engines will remain on scene through the day to provide structure protection and additional wildland support. Fire crews are optimistic that 100% containment will be reached by Sept. 24, 2018. Over 80 individuals are assigned to this incident.

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 Dept. Facebook Page

Fire Size: Currently 1,016 acres

Percent Contained: 35%, containment expected 09/24/2018
  
Fire Behavior: Fire activity moderated last night but high winds are forecasted for today

Structures Threatened:  Yes, fire officials confirm the loss of two summer homes and two trailers

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

Fire Crews/Resources: 7 engines and 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 is coordinating all evacuations. Please refer to their Facebook page for additional information