UPDATE: Bear Claw Fire Contained


By Paul Johnson
By Alexa Tieu

UPDATE: 11:36 AM - A wildfire that was burning near the Shoshone ice caves is contained this afternoon.
Officials with the bureau of land management say the Bear Claw Fire broke out at around 4:30 Monday afternoon.
Firefighters were able to get control of the fire quickly knocking down most of the flames within an hour.
But, not before it destroyed seven acres.
The Bear Claw trading post on highway 75 was threatened at one time.
B.L.M. officials say a cigarette butt is to blame.

UPDATE ( 9:10 PM ) - All structures are now safe as a wildfire burns near the Shoshone Ice Caves Monday evening.

The Bear Claw Fire, named such because it is near the Bear Claw Trading Post, has burned 7 acres of land.

Fire activity has been kept to a minimum, but the rough terrain is still causing problems for firefighters.

Containment of the Bear Claw Fire is expected by 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.

Shoshone, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - A wildfire is burning about 15 miles north of Shoshone Monday afternoon.

Bureau of Land Management firefighters along with the Shoshone Rural Fire Department are on the scene.

Josh Olsen with The BLM said the fire is burning on state land directly across from the Ice Caves.

The fire started about 4:30 pm this afternoon. Crews are currently working to protect the store that’s near the fire.

Because it’s burning in lava rock, engines are not able to easily access much of the land that is burning.

Three single engine air tankers and a helicopter are currently working to fight the fire.

That's in addition to the Shoshone Rural Fire Department engines and 4 BLM engines that are on the scene.

It’s not known what started the fire at this time, Olson said.

A BLM Investigation officer has been called.

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