UPDATE: Highway 46 Reopened


By Brittany Cooper
By Brandon Redmond
By Paul Johnson

UPDATE MONDAY 7:30PM - The Bureau of Land Management has reopened Highway 46 this evening, after it had been closed for a second time since the fire started North of Gooding.

UPDATE MONDAY 4:22PM - The Bureau of Land Management has closed portions of Highway 46 this afternoon. This after the flames jumped the road. Josh Olsen said they have quite a bit of air support near the road. For safety, the road was closed. They hope to open it soon. "Probably this evening sometime", Olsen said.

UPDATE MONDAY 10:35am - A Helicopter has now been able to map the fire and officials say it’s actually smaller then they predicted. The fire has burned a total of 6568 acres. Yesterday they were able to stop the eastern front from burning and now firefighters are concentrating the South West area around the fire which is near Highway 46. The road between Gooding and Fairfield was re-opened this morning but there is still heavy smoke in the area. Officials ask that you use caution and slow down when driving through that area. There will be quite a bit of fire traffic on the road. Idaho Power was able to re-route power after a pole was damaged. According to Idaho Power officials, no one is without power due to the fire. The fire is 40 to 50% contained. Control is still predicted for 8pm Tuesday.

UPDATE 9:57 p.m. North of Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Fir Grove Fire has now been estimated to have burned approximately 8,500 acres.

There are 20 engines fighting this fire.

There are currently no evacuations in effect and no structures are currently threatened. However, one power pole has been damaged prompting officials to reroute power.

The fire has reached the Thorn Creek Reservoir but is still over ten miles from Magic Reservoir.

Estimated containment is Monday at 8 p.m.

North of Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Fire crews had their hands full Sunday afternoon as a wildfire quickly became uncontrollable north of Gooding. The Fir Grove fire near the Camas Gooding County line on Highway 46 grew from 250 acres to more than 5,000 acres in less than two hours.

"Well this fire we believe was lightning caused. It was actually two smaller fires that merged together,” said BLM Fire Information Officer Josh Olsen.

The fire started at 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon and forced the closure of Highway 46 north of Gooding. Fire crews were also providing protection to at least one structure.

"Right now we have around ten engines out here currently as well as the Fairfield Rural Fire Department is assisting. We are currently engaged in structure protection around one structure on the west side of the fire," said Olsen.

Strong winds caused the fire to move to the south and east very quickly. The quick nature of the fire growth meant more help was needed. The Gooding Fire Department as well as 5 single engine air tankers and 3 helicopters were also called to battle the blaze.

"We're hoping to have this fire contained tomorrow at 6:00 PM. And then hopefully have it totally controlled the day after by six," said Josh Olsen.

One other fire was started because of lightning Sunday. That fire was quickly controlled near bliss. Fire officials want to remind everyone to be careful.

"We just want everyone to be careful out there when you are enjoying our public lands. Conditions are very dry out right now so the fire danger is a very real danger. So just keep that in mind when you are out enjoying your atvs, driving along public roads, over dry grass, just be careful," said BLM Fire Information Officer Josh Olsen.

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