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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Telegraph Fire Contained on July 9

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Fire officials called the Telegraph Fire 100 percent contained July 9 at 8:00 p.m. Crews will begin transitioning off the fire tomorrow night, with a skeleton crew remaining on scene for the next few days monitoring for any hot spots.

Wildland firefighters use the terms contained and controlled to define a fire’s status. A fire is considered contained when a fuel break around the fire has been completed and can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread. The fire may still be burning but not likely to spread. Controlled means the fire has not only been contained, but any hot spots threatening the line have been mopped up and interior heat is far enough away from the containment lines that it is not a threat to any further spread. Large fires can be in a “control” status for weeks before officially being called “out.”

Motorists are responsible for many of the wildfires sparked along our roadways. Nearly all these fire starts could be prevented by following these safety rules:

Secure Chains. Practice safe towing. Dragging chains throw sparks. Always use appropriate safety pins and hitch balls to secure chains.

No Dragging Parts. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.

Check Tire Pressure. Maintain proper tire pressure. Driving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.

Carry a Fire Extinguisher in your Vehicle and Learn How to use it. Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t see—until it’s too late!

Properly Maintain Brakes. Brakes worn too thin may cause metal to metal contact, which can cause a spark.