Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center Responding to a growing wildfire near Pauline, Idaho
Lusk Fire estimated at 500-acres plus
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Firefighters and air resources from the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center are responding to the Lusk Fire, which ignited on private lands this afternoon. The lightning-caused fire quickly grew in the dry vegetation. “Drought, hot weather and dry grasses make fuels increasingly explosive in the area,” said Richard Zimmerman, Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management Assistant Fire Management Officer. “These conditions result in a rapid rate of spread.”
· Fire Size: Estimated 500 acres
· Fire Behavior: Active/Moderate
· Cause: Lightning
· Estimated Containment: 07/22/2021 at 8:00 p.m.
· Estimated Control: 07/23/2021 at 8:00 p.m.
· Resources on Scene: 10 engines, 3 dozers, air attack, 4 single-engine air tankers (SEATs), 2 fire bosses (water scoopers), 4 large air tankers and 1 very large air tanker.
· Structures Threatened: None
· Summary: Power County Road and Bridge were working on the road when lightning struck in their vicinity. They made immediate attempts to stop the blaze while calling the Eastern Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center to report the fire. Road graders in the area put in additional fireline to minimize agricultural damage. Propelled by winds from an overhead thunder cell, the fire quickly spread through brush and grass towards the timbered ridge line. The fire continues to move in a south/southeast direction. “We’ve ordered three additional 20-person handcrews to assist with placing fireline in areas inaccessible to engines and air resources,” said Incident Commander Cory Berkebile. Berkebile would like to thank Power County for their rapid response.