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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Oneida Fire Update 9/20/2018 AM


For Immediate Release: September 20, 2018 9 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Oneida Fire Update
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Start Date: 09/19/2018 at approximately 4 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles northeast of Preston, ID. Burning on private and county land and is threatening State and BLM lands.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: approximately 1,000 acres

Percent Contained: 30%, containment estimated for 9/21/2018
  
Fire Behavior: Fire is creeping this morning, firefighters anticipate increased fire behavior as temperatures climb and winds pick up.

Structures Threatened:  No structures threatened immediately. There are ranches in the area.

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and maples on steep ground.

Fire Crews/Resources: 6 engines and 2 dozers. A handcrew and a helicopter have been ordered. Additional resources include 3 county engines and 1 county water tender.

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures:  No closures.

Summary: The Oneida Fire started the afternoon of 9/19/2018 approximately six miles northeast of Preston on private property. Fire managers report that containment lines held through the night and expect winds to test the line throughout today. Firefighters are working to further secure the fire perimeter with additional dozer line. A handcrew and helicopter have been ordered to help suppress fire in the more inaccessible areas of the fire and extinguish heat in the maple trees that continue to burn.