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Thompson Creek Fire Rages On; Affecting Recreationalists

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By Brittany Cooper

South Hills, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Thompson Creek Fire ignited the afternoon of October 10th, west of Magic Mountain. So far, the fire has scorched 650 acres on the Minidoka Ranger District and threatened numerous homes.

Recreationalists Rodney and Raymond Schmitt came up to the South Hills looking to go riding...

"I put in my eight hours for the day, now it's time to play," adds Rodney Schmitt.

They hoped to go far into the hills, but that hope was extinguished due to the Thompson Creek Fire.

Schmitt says, "the roads were closed so we didn't have an opportunity. So we'll start from right here at Third Fork and we'll ride to the top instead of drive to the top."

250 resources are fighting the inferno. On Thursday, a firefighter was injured, but the extent of his injuries are unknown.

This fire isn't the only one firefighters are still battling in Idaho.

Julie Thomas, Public Affairs for the Sawtooth National Forest Service says, "we still have the Mustang Fire and Wesley Fire that are burning. This is a small fire compared to the bigger ones that we've had this summer."

The fire is burning in sub–alpine fir and sagebrush. The smoke on Thursday drifted towards many of summer homes near the fire and all homeowners have been notified. The Rock Creek Rural Fire District will continue to provide structure protection.

Thomas adds, "everyone with property in close proximity has been contacted...they do know there is a fire."

Still one question remains, how did the fire ignite? Especially with clear conditions being present the day the fire started.

"We haven't received any moisture in some time and we are asking that people be very, very vigilant when they come to the woods for hunting or recreation of any sort," replies Thomas.

Crews estimate containment won't be until October 14th and they will hopefully have it controlled by the 16th.

Road closures remain in effect at Third Fork on Rock Creek Road and at the forest boundary in Shoshone Basin.

If you have a hunting permit in this area, you are being asked to contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Jerome.


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