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UPDATED: Fire burning in Cassia County grows to 27K acres

The public is asked to stay out of the area
A fire burning in Cassia County has grown to 23,500 acres and is zero percent contained as of Tuesday morning.
A fire burning in Cassia County has grown to 23,500 acres and is zero percent contained as of Tuesday morning.(Sawtooth National Forest)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 12:21 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 4:25 PM MDT
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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - UPDATE: A fire burning in Cassia County has grown to 27,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

The fire dubbed the Badger Fire is burning in the South Hills in the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest. The fire started Saturday near Badger Gulch and Forest Service roads 533 and 536. The causes of the fire is unknown. Tuesday morning the fires was listed as zero percent contained.

According to a news release, 94 personnel are current working on the fire, with one helicopter, four engines, and two dozers. Dry conditions, high winds, low visibility, and extreme fire behavior, including long range spotting, torching and fire whirls caused fire grow quickly.

The Great Basin Type 3 Team — Nevada Sierra Front assumed commands of the fire Tuesday morning.

The fire is currently burning grass, brush, logging slash and heavy timber, multiple structures are threatened.

Access roads into the fire area, Forest Service Road 533 and 536 are being restricted to fire personnel only. A Forest Closure Order is expected to be in place Tuesday, to ensure the safety of the public and firefighters.

Unfavorable weather conditions are expected Tuesday. Fire crews will be focusing on creating a safe anchor point, constructing direct fire containment lines, and point protection on structures.

INITIAL STORY:

A fire burning in the Sawthooth National Forest in Cassia County has grown to 10,000 acres as of Monday afternoon.

The Badger Fire is burning in the South Hills, south of Bostetter Guard Station on the Minidoka Ranger District, according to a news release.

The fire is burining about 8 miles southeast of Magic Mountain Ski Area and is burning near Badge Gulch and Forest Service roads No. 533 and No. 536.

A Type 3 Interagency Management Team has been ordered to manage the fire and they will be arriving Monday afternoon.

The public is asked to stay out of the area of the fire for the safety of fire personnel and the public. Monday morning the fire was listed at 5,500 acres in size and by the afternoon was at about 10,000 acres.

#BadgerFire is now approximately 5,500 acres in size burning south of Bostettor Guard Station. A Type 3 Team has been...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest on Monday, September 14, 2020

The fire was first reported Saturday and was burning grass, sagebrush and timber.

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