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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Indian Butte Fire Update 15 Sept 7:45 p.m.


For Immediate Release: Sept. 15, 2018 7:45 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Gorby, kgorby@fs.fed.us, (208) 497-7270

Indian Butte Fire Update
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Start Date: 09/12/2018 6:32 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Started on private land, burning onto BLM and just south of forest service lands, 9 miles northwest of Dubois in Clark County.
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size:  12209 acres 
Percent Contained: 50% containment at this time
Fire Behavior: At approximately 1830 a strong frontal passage moved through fire area with winds up to 50 mph. Around 1900 two spots outside current containment lines were discovered on the northwest corner of the fire. Crews are working to contain spots.
Structures Threatened:  1 minor structure
Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and timber. 
Fire Crews/Resources: 195 personnel, 5 dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 4 hand crews and 11 engines. Additional cooperating and assisting organizations are local county cooperators, RFPA, Clark County Sherriff and USFS Law Enforcement.
Evacuations: Evacuations of hunting camps are complete. No current evacuations at this time.
Closures: Pleasant Valley Rd. and Dry Creek Rd. are closed to all traffic. Road may open for local ranchers to move cattle. 
Summary: High winds and low humidity have been huge factors in the movement of this fire. Red Flag Warning has bee issued for Sunday, expecting low humidity and gusty winds. The wind is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire will continue to spread to the north, transitioning into timber fuels. 
The plan is to continue line construction on the east and west flanks, with the main concern of the fire moving to the east to impact the town of Spencer, ID as well as ranches along the I-15 corridor. Prepare line to burn approximately 2 miles of line on the Northern flank.