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Lightning Strikes Wednesday Night Ignites Fires In Southern Idaho

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By Paul Johnson

Southern Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Fir Grove Fire 18 miles north of Gooding continues to burn today, but officials are saying they hope to have full control soon. The fire was contained Tuesday and crews expect the fire to be fully controlled tonight at 8:00 p.m. There are currently 5 engines and 1 twenty person handcrew on this fire.
Yesterday’s lightening strikes ignited over twenty reports of fires in the Twin Falls BLM District. Of those reports, several fires have burned together and are now being managed as a single fire. No structures are reported to be threatened in the Twin Falls District at this time. Specific information about the fires are listed below:

• Coonskin Fire (two separate fires)
o Start: 4:52 p.m. July 31st
o Location: 10 miles west of Roseworth
o Estimated size: 1 fire 180, other 1,039 acres
o Resources: 3 engines, 1 water tender, 1 tractor disk
o Expected containment: 8/1 at 10:00 p.m.
o Expected control: 8/2 at 10:00 p.m.
o Structures: None threatened
• Crows Nest Fire
o Start: Approximately 7 p.m. July 31st
o Location: South of Balanced Rock Road east of Castleford
o Size: 899 acres
o Resources: 4 engines, 1 dozer, 1 BLM motor grader
o Containment: not available
o Control: not available
• Buck Flat Fire
o Start: 8:18 p.m. July 31st
o Location: Approximately 19 miles southwest of Castleford
o Size: 637 acres
o Resources on scene: 4 engines, 1 water tender, 1 dozer
o Estimated Containment: 8/1 at 10:00 p.m.
o Estimated Control: 8/2 at 10:00 p.m.
• Millerd Fire
o Start: 6:15 p.m. July 31st
o Location 5 miles east of Shoshone
o Size: 706 acres
o Resources on scene: 2 engines, Shoshone Rural Fire Department
o Contained: 7/31 at midnight
o Estimated Control: 8/1 at 10:00 p.m.

• 3 Well Fire
o Start: 11:03 p.m. July 31st
o Location: 5 miles southwest of Shoshone
o Size: 684 acres
o Resources on scene: 1 engine
o Contained 8/1 at 8:30 a.m.
o Estimated Control: 8/1 at 6:00 p.m.
• Red Bridge Fire
o Start 9:17 p.m. July 31st
o Location: 8 miles southeast of Shoshone
o Estimated size: 80.9 acres
o Resources on scene: 3 engines
o Containment 8/1 at 7:00 a.m.
o Estimated Control 8/1 at 10:00 p.m.
• Red Bridge 2 Fire
o Start: Approximately 10 p.m. July 31st
o Location: 8 miles southeast of Shoshone
o Estimated size: 240 acres
o Resources: sharing with Red Bridge
o Contained: 8/1 at 7:00 a.m.
o Estimated Control: 8/1 at 10:00 p.m.
• Southeast Red Bridge Fire
o Reported: 6:07 a.m. August 1st
o Location 2 miles southeast of Red Bridge
o Estimated Size: 1,500 acres
o Resources: 5 engines, 1 dozer
o Estimated containment: not available
o Estimated control: not available

• Black Ridge Fire
o Start: 9:39 p.m. July 31st
o Location: North of Owinza
o Estimated size: 5,000 acres
o Resources: 6 engines, 1 water tender
o Estimated containment: 8/3 at 8:00 p.m.
o Estimated control: 8/4 at 6 p.m.

• Cinder Road
o Start: 11:14 p.m. July 31st
o Location: 14 miles northeast of Hazelton
o Estimated Size: 1,000 acres
o Resources: 1 engine, 1 dozer, 6 Single Engine Air Tankers, 2 helicopters, 1 MAFFS, West End fire department
o Estimated containment: not available
o Estimated control: not available


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