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UPDATE: Drops Fire now estimated at 3K acres

The Drops Fire now has an estimated control and containment time
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:31 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - UPDATE: 8:10 PM

The Drops Fire is at an estimated 3,000 acres.

The call came in about 10 this morning, by the landfill.

Structures were threatened, but KMVT has no word yet if any were damaged or destroyed.

Gooding, Wendell and Shoshone Rural Fire Departments all responded, as well as the Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA), and Twin Falls District BLM resources responded to the blaze.

A press release from the BLM says “High winds, record high temperatures, and difficult terrain caused the fire to spread quickly. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), helicopters, and the Very Large Airtanker (VLAT) work with ground crews to slow the blaze. Crews remain on scene creating containment lines and mopping up hot spots.”

Containment is estimated for 4 P.M. on August 2nd, and control is estimated at 6 P.M. on August 5th.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The fire continues to grow, propelled by windy conditions in the area. Officials say more resources are on their way to fight the blaze. Currently the fire is estimated at 1500 acres. Gooding, Wendell and Notch Butte rural fire agencies have responded. That includes 7 fire engines, heavy equipment and multiple aircraft.

A reporter is on scene and we will continue to update you on KMVT.com and on our news at 5.

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