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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Indian Butte Fire Update


For Immediate Release: Sept. 13, 2018 8:00 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 Forest, 9 miles northwest of Dubois in Clark County.
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size:  11,250 acres 
Percent Contained: 20% containment at this time
Fire Behavior: Active and running, fire is moving northeast with potential shifts  in direction based evening winds.
Structures Threatened:  20 single residences and numerous hunting camps spread across the area.
Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush and transitioning into heaver timber. 
Fire Crews/Resources: engines, 2 dozers, 1 fuel tender, 1 hand crew, 1 water tender, 3 seats, 1 air attack and 5 overhead.
Evacuations: Stoddard Creek campgrounds, trailers and hunters 
Closures: Pleasant Valley Rd. and Dry Creek Rd. are closed to all traffic except for those retrieving their camp trailer, but this is subject to change depending on the movement of the fire. 
Summary: High winds and low humidity have been huge factors in the movement of this fire. The wind is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire will continue to spread to the northeast and transition into timber fuels. The main concern is the fire moving to the east and impacting the town of Spencer as well as ranches on the I-15. 
We highly suggest people who have a trailer in the Dry Creek and Patelzick Creek retrieve it while they can. Our plan is to continue line construction on the east and west flanks and continue  evacuate hunting camps and assess what unattended hunting campers/trailers remaining in the area.