Preacher Fire Grows To 31,000 Acres


By Paul Johnson

Carey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Preacher fire burning southwest of Carey, has grown to an estimated 31,000 acres at last report. Ignited by lightning Monday afternoon, strong, shifting winds and high temperatures have challenged firefighter’s suppression efforts.

Currently, resources working the Preacher fire include 13 engines, two water tenders, four dozers, six air tankers, two air attack and three supervising overhead. The estimated containment time of July 17th, at 10:00 p.m., with a control time of July 19th, at 8:00 p.m. has not changed.

Additionally, the Black Sands fire was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ignited by lightning and burning 7 miles west of the City of Rocks campground, the fire is about 30 acres. At this time, crews have stopped the progression of the fire, and are essentially mopping it up as they continue to build containment line. The Black Sands fire is burning in juniper, sagebrush and grasses. The estimated containment time has been set for July 17 at 6:00 p.m., with control set for July 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Resources include five engines, one helicopter, and one dozer, and no structures are near or were threatened by the fire.

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