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Gov. Little tours Badger Fire area, crews continue to work on perimeter

Badger Fire grew from 89,090 acres to 89,276 acres
Sept. 23, 2020 photos of the Badger Fire area.
Sept. 23, 2020 photos of the Badger Fire area.(Sawtooth National Forest)
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 11:51 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 12:23 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Gov. Brad Little toured afire burning in the South Hills on Wednesday.

The Badger Fire is still contained at 49% as of Thursday morning and has grown nearly 200 acres. Fire agencies said the Badger Fire grew from 89,090 acres to 89,276 acres in the last day. Nearly 400 fire personnel are now working on the fire.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little toured the Badger Fire from a helicopter on Wednesday. Fire officials gave a presentation and answered questions.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little toured the Badger Fire from a helicopter on Wednesday. Fire officials gave a presentation and answered questions.(Idaho Governor's Office)

Little, other state officials and representatives with the Army and National Guard visited the Oakley Helibase and toured the fire area.

“Out intent is to reach out to more and more of these forest grounds and manage Forest Service grounds like we do state grounds, which basically means we’re going to manage fuel and have it to where these fires don’t burn so hot and with such intensity," Little said.

#badgerfire Daily Operational Briefing for September 24, 2020 by Operations Section Chief Isaac Powning

Posted by U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest on Thursday, September 24, 2020

A cold front is expected to come through the area which is likely to increase fire activity and could impact local weather through Satruday. Firefighters will additionally patrol existing fire lines and extending areas of completed line on Thursday.

Road crews will continue to remove dangerous snags from campground within the fire perimeter.

On Wednesday, crews continued to monitor and mop up the north end of what is called the Badger Fire and will continue to patrol and improve the lines in the southern part of the fire, according to a news release. Crews are working to cool heat pockets along the eastern and western lines and assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow.

Nearly 375 total personnel are working with fire with five crews, eight helicopters, eights dozers and 38 engines. The fire is still at 89,090 acres in size.

Daily Update on the #badgerfire Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Acres: 89,090 Containment 49% Crews: 5 ...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On Tuesday, crews make progress on lines along Goose Creek, and from Buckbrush Flat south to Fourth Fork Rock Creek, and on the north end from Little Pinney Creek and Ibex Peak.

A temporary flight restriction is in place over all the fire area. Dones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are prohibited. They interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts. If drones are in the area, then the aerial resources can’t do their job.

#BadgerFire September 22, 2020 - Operational Briefing with Incident Commander Sam Hicks

Posted by U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Help keep your Bureau of Land Management firefighters safe and don't fly your drones near wildland fires. #NoDroneZone #IfYouFlyWeCant #FireYear2020

Posted by Bureau of Land Management Fire and Aviation on Monday, September 21, 2020

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