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Friday, August 28, 2020

Black Sand Fire burning adjacent to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes




For Immediate Release

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Black Sand Fire burning adjacent to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes

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IDAHO FALLS, ID – The lightning-caused Black Sand Fire is burning approximately 6 miles northwest of St. Anthony, adjacent to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. The fire was reported around 4:00 in the afternoon. An aggressive response from South Fremont, North Fremont, Hamer, Idaho Dept. of Lands, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service helped to halt fire spread by around 8:00 p.m. this evening. Several air resources are providing support, including the VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), which can drop 9,000 gallons of retardant in one pass.


Dozers are currently constructing fire line around the west, south and east perimeter of the fire. The St. Anthony Sand Dunes are acting as a natural containment line to the north. Firefighters are continuing to establish control lines and beginning mop up operations on hot spots. Crews will burn out pockets of unburned vegetation to prevent the fire from re-igniting and escaping containment lines.


“We had a great response from our partners tonight,” said Austin Catlin, Incident Commander. “Crews will remain on the fire this evening and well into tomorrow to continue bolstering containment lines in preparation for the anticipated wind event on Sunday.”


Start Date: 08/28/2020

Cause: Lightning

Fire Size: Estimated at 120 acres

Percent Contained: 0%. Full containment anticipated for Saturday, Aug. 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Forward progression has stopped

Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: Four engines, 2 dozers, 2 helicopters, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), Air Attack, 1 Lead Plan, 2 Heavy Air Tankers and 1 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), North Fremont County (3 engines, 2 water tenders), South Fremont County (2 engines, 1 water tender), Hamer (2 engines), Idaho Dept. of Lands (1 water tender).

Evacuations: None in effect

Closures: None, but fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the area due to high concentration of air and ground resources.

Summary: As a reminder, public lands in southeast Idaho are under Stage One Fire Restrictions.