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Friday, July 3, 2020

Howe Peak Fire 7/3/2020 AM Update

For Immediate Release: July 3, 2020, 8 a.m.

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934 

Howe Peak Fire

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HOWE, Idaho- The Howe Peak Fire started July 2, 2020 at approximately 1 p.m., 4 miles southwest of Howe, Idaho. The fire was mapped by air the evening of July 2 at 7,300 acres. Firefighters now estimate the fire is 25% contained and are expecting full containment July 4 at 6 p.m.

Containment lines held through the night. Firefighters with the help from cooler night temperatures were able to secure the east and north sides of the fire, directing the fire away from Howe. Today firefighters will work to secure the west side of the fire with handcrews. As containment lines are achieved firefighters will begin mopping up hot spots within the fire perimeter. Expect to see smoke in the area and fire activity to pick up this afternoon as temperatures rise.

Power to Howe is off and is expected to be turned back on by 6 p.m. today. Damaged powerline poles are being replaced. Contact Rocky Mountain Power for more information

Start Date: July 2, 2020 at approximately 1 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: Started 4 miles southwest of Howe, along Highway 33. Started on BLM and has burned INL and USFS.  

Cause: Human caused - under investigation

Fire Size: 7,300 acres (aerial mapping)

Percent Contained:  25% contained, containment estimated for 7/4/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Burning towards the west  

Fuels and Terrain: Grass, shrubs and juniper in steep terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 10 engines, 1 dozer, 4 handcrews, 2 water tenders, and 1 helicopter (BLM, USFS & INL). 140 personnel.

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened.

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures