Wildfire Continues To Burn Near Carey


By Paul Johnson

Carey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - A lightning caused wildfire continues to burn outside of Carey. The Preacher Fire grew to around 7,000 acres last night. Crews work through the night conducting a burn out operation to secure the north side of the fire, slowing progression. Resources will be working on securing the south west and north east corner of the fire today, and improving the containment lines on the north side.

Thunderstorms are predicted in the fire area, with wind gust up to 40 miles per hour and temperatures reaching 94. The Incident Commander, Brain O’Donnell, is concerned about the predicted winds, and has ordered additional aircraft. Due to ongoing fires on neighboring districts and forest, air resources are in short supply. The estimated containment time is July 17th, at 10:00 p.m., with a control time of July 19th, at 8:00 p.m.

Fire growth is expected to grow throughout the day. The Idaho First News forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 92. Winds sustained at 10 to 20 mph out of the west will continue with gusts up to 35-40 mph.

Relative humidity in the afternoon will be between 15 to 25%. No structures have been threatened but the BLM is concerned with some wildlife habitat that may be in danger.

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