UPDATE: Firefighters Battling Out Of Control Wildfire East Of Dietrich


By Paul Johnson

UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. SATURDAY - BLM crews are getting a handle on a large wildfire in southern Idaho.

Lightning sparked that fire burning thirteen miles east of Dietrich late Thursday night.

Officials plan to have the flames contained this evening and controlled by tomorrow night at eight.

Officials say no structures are being threatened by the fire, but there are range allotments, power lines and railroad tracks in the area.

A number of resources, including two helicopters, maffs and heavy air tankers, are being sent in from Utah to help battle the blaze.

UPDATE 4:30PM - BLM has made a more accurate measurement of how many acres have burned, using GPS. Officials now say 21,000 acres have burned. Containment is expected by 8pm on Sunday. The time when firefighters gain control of the fire has not been set.

Dietrich, Idaho (KMVT-TV) BLM, along with crews from the Rural fire departments of Shoshone and Dietrich are battling a lightning caused fire that so far has consumed about 25,000 acres.

Kyli Gough with the BLM said the fire was reported about 10:30 last night and at this time no control or containment time has been set.

BLM currently has 9 engines, a water tender, and a dozer on the scene with 3 more dozers, another water tender, 4 engines, 1 air attack airplane, 3 helicopters, 2 single engine air attacks and 2 heavy air tankers known as “MAFF’s” will be arriving soon.

From Cedar City Utah, 2 heavy air tankers are on their way as well.

The crews are concentrating on the fire that is burning to the north.

At this time there are no structures that have burned or are in the path of the fire.

There are however, power lines and railroad tracks along with several range allotments in the area.

The fire is burning brush and grass and no injuries have been reported.

Yale Road Fire Update
The Yale Road fire which began yesterday around 4:30 p.m. near the I-84 and I-86 junction grew to approximately 625 acres and was contained last night, with an expected control set for 5:00 p.m. tonight. Resources that remain on scene include 5 Engines, 2 Water Tenders, and 1 Dozer.

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