Preacher Fire Near Carey Continues To Burn

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By Joey Martin

Carey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The Preacher Fire southwest of Carey is showing no signs of letting up.

"The fire investigators confirmed yesterday that it was caused by lightning," says Kelsey Dehoney, BLM Public Information Officer.

At a little before 3 Monday afternoon, BLM and rural fire departments responded to a brush fire just southwest of Carey.

But due to the extremely high temperatures and gusty winds, the fire quickly grew out of control.

"Right off the bat, the winds were erratic and there were thunderstorms... so the fire grew fairly quickly," Dehoney explains.

As of Monday night, the fire was at about 35 hundred acres.

And even with crews battling all through the night, the blaze was able to gain ground.

"Today the fire is at about 7,000 acres and growing. Currently we've got 100 people working the fire and several aircrafts are assisting," Dehoney says.

With wind gusts reaching 35 to 40 miles per hour, crews are finding it difficult to contain their lines.

And hot spots are popping up all over.

"Right now, they are claiming zero per cent contained due to the shifting winds; they don't want to jump the gun there," Dehoney explains.

As for when officials feel the fire will be contained?

"Right now, there is an estimated containment of July 17th at 10PM... and an estimated control of July 19th at 8PM,” Dehoney says.

BLM crews will continue fight the blaze overnight.

Their biggest challenge will continue to be changing winds.

But as for the cause of the fire, there are no more thunderstorms forecast for that area.

Currently the flames have been held to only BLM land and no structures are being threatened.

We'll continue to follow this story as it unfolds.


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