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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Wild Mountain Fire


For Immediate Release: September 6, 2020, 6 a.m.

Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934 

Wild Mountain Fire

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The Wild Mountain Fire started just after midnight on Forest Service lands near the Gibson Jack trailhead. The fire proceeded to back downhill towards homes along the Gibson Jack road. Residents in the area of Gibson Jack and Wildhorse subdivision have been asked to evacuate. Evacuations are expected to be lifted at 9 a.m. No structures have been lost and a bull dozer has completed containment lines around the 19 acre fire, which has slowed the fire’s progress. Engines are now securing the dozer line with a hose lay to get water around the whole fire. Air resources will arrive with the light of day and a 20-person handcrew has been ordered. 

A Pocatello Valley FD engine was high centered on difficult terrain while fighting the fire. Firefighters got out of the engine and made their way to safety. No firefighters were injured. The engine was burned over.  

Start Date: September 6, 2020 just after midnight 

Location and Jurisdiction: approx. 4 miles south of Pocatello, ID near the Gibson Jack trailhead. Started on the Caribou-Targhee Nation Forest and burned onto private lands.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: mapped at 19 acres 

Percent Contained:  25% contained, containment estimated for 9/6/2020 at 6 p.m. 

Fire Behavior: Forward progression has been slowed with dozer line around the fire. Juniper and brush is still burning within containment lines.  

Fuels and Terrain: Grass, brush and juniper in difficult terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 25 engines and 1 dozer. A handcrew and air resources have been ordered. The Gateway Interagency Fire Front (GIFF) was activated to respond (BLM, Caribou-Targhee NF, Pocatello FD, North Bannock County FD, Pocatello Valley FD, Chubbuck FD and Inkom FD).

Structures Threatened: Structures threatened in the Gibson Jack area. No structures lost. 

Evacuations: Evacuations are in place for Gibson-Jack and Wildhorse subdivision residents. Bannock County Sherriff is handling evacuations. Expect to be lifted 9/6/2020 at 9 a.m.

Closures: The Gibson Jack road and trailhead are closed.


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