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Monday, July 20, 2020

Chinese Peak Fire 7/20/2020 AM Update

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News Release

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2020 8 a.m.

Contact: East Idaho Interagency Fire Center Information, 208-497-5934


Chinese Peak Fire Update

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire

Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#Chinesepeakfire & #BLMIFDFire)



Start Date: 07/19/2020 at approximately 3:00 P.M.


Location and Jurisdiction: 1 Mile South of Pocatello (BLM and Private)


Cause:  Under investigation, Started on private ground


Fire Size: 1451 Acres


Percent Contained:  30% contained, estimated full containment 7/20/2020 at 7 P.M.


Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering this morning. Fire behavior expected to increase as temperatures rise and winds pick up.   


Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and juniper.


Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines (BLM & FS), 1 helicopter, 2 BLM dozers, and 4 handcrews. Pocatello FD, Chubbuck FD, Inkom, North Bannock and Pocatello Valley FD providing structure protection.


Structures Threatened: Structures, radio towers and powerlines near the fire.


Evacuations: Some homeowners taking steps for voluntary evacuations if the need arises.   


Closures:  Road closures in effect.    


Summary: Update:  Firefighters will spend the day securing the fire perimeter. Engines will work along the north and south sides of the fire. Handcrews will work in the more difficult terrain along the ridgelines.       

*Photos will be posted at @BLMIdahoFire Twitter & Idaho Fire Info Facebook*