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Idaho Fire Incident Map

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

Taber Fire

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2021 5:00p.m.

Contact: Sarah Wheeler, sarah.wheeler2@usda.gov, 208-497-8553

 

 Abandoned Campfire Results in 300-acre Fire

Make sure your campfire is out before leaving your campsite – Don’t let your summer go up in smoke

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The Taber Fire, the result of an abandoned campfire, grew to 338-acres before fire crews could get a solid line around its perimeter. Firefighters responded with hand tools and bladder bags, hiking in over uneven terrain due to a lack of road access and lava rock. The Incident Commander anticipates the fire will be 100 percent contained late tonight.

 

“Having a fire grow to over 300 acres the first of June is not normal for this area,” said Joel Gosswiller, Idaho Falls District Fire Management Officer. “Current fire predictions, and what we are seeing on the ground, suggest this area might be busier than normal due to the anticipated hot and dry summer.” Fire managers are asking individuals to be extra cautious this summer as they recreate on public lands. Fire potential is expected to increase throughout the week as the area enters near record breaking temperatures.

 

The 338- acre Taber Fire was a result of an abandoned campfire. Please take precautions while enjoying your public lands. If your campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Remember possessing or discharging fireworks, incendiary ammunition, steel core ammunition, and exploding targets are illegal on public lands.

 

Taber Fire

·   Located approximately 1-mile northwest of Taber, Idaho

·   Size: 338 acres

·   Cause: Abandoned Campfire

·   Fire resources – 4 engines, 1 dozer and a 20-person hand crew (Centennials)

·   Estimated Containment 06/01/21 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Indian Creek Fire

·   Located approximately 6 miles northwest of Alpine, Wyoming at the Indian Creek Boat Ramp

·   Size: 1 acre

·   Cause: Under Investigation

·   Fire resources – 2 federal engines, Swan Valley Helitack Crews, 2 Alpine Engines

·  Estimated Contained 06/01/21 at 8:00 p.m. Fire progression has stopped