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Sunday, July 19, 2020


News Release

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2020 7:30 p.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: Active, uphill runs, wind driven, torching     


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


Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines (BLM & FS), multiple air resource including a helicopter and air-tankers, 2 BLM dozers, air-attack, One 20 person crew, One crew currently on scene, 3 more crews ordered.

Pocatello FD, Chubbuck FD, Inkom, North Bannock and Pocatello Valley FD on scene.


Structures Threatened: Structures, radio towers and powerlines threatened.


Evacuations: Some homeowners taking steps for voluntary evacuations.   


Closures:  Road closures in effect.    


Summary: Update:  The Chinese Peak Fire started approximately at 3 P.M. today.   Fire has high spread potential and has made it to the main ridgeline.  Dozers will continue along fire perimeter with support from air resources.  Multiple air-tankers have been working the fire.  No structures lost.  Firefighters will continue to fight fire throughout the night.        

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