UPDATE: Canal fire near Shoshone determined to be human caused

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) UPDATE 2:55 pm

Crew from the Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management work the scene of a wild fire north of Shoshone (KMVT/KSVT)

A fire north of Shoshone, that started on Sunday has been determined to be human caused.

That's according to Kelsey Brizendine, the Fire Information and Prevention Officer for the Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management.

"The cause was determined to be human," Brizendine said. "They got it contained last night. Now they're mopping out hots pots, making sure this thing is out cold before they leave it."

The fire burned approximately 61 acres and was responded to by the Twin Falls District of BLM and the rural Shoshone Fire Department via unified command. The fire was contained on Sunday at 9 p.m. and is expected to be fully controlled Monday at 6 p.m. There was one structure at risk during the time of the blaze, but firefighters were able to get ahead of threat and prevent the lost of any structures. Particularly a house, just yards away from the fire. Due to the fires proximity to the canal, Twin Falls BLM and the Shoshone Rural Fire Department we're able to focus on the house, according to the Canal Fire's Incident Commander, Mitch Silvester.

"It made it a lot easier just to prioritize the side of the fire over by the houses and not have to worry about a major spread out into the wild lands and worry about a very large fire, " Silvester said.

The Wilson Fire, two miles northeast of Hazelton, that started on Saturday due to lightning strikes was contained Sunday evening at 10 p.m. and is expected to be fully controlled by 8 p.m. Monday evening. No structures were ever threatened.

At this time there's no information regarding the specifics of who or how the Canal Fire was human caused. And it's possible that information may be kept confidential per Twin Falls BLM.
ORIGINAL STORY:

Crews are responding to a brush fire, 1 mile north of Shoshone.

Bureau of Land Management fire information and prevention officer Kelsey Brizendine said that BLM, Shoshone Rural Fire, and Shoshone City Fire all responded to the fire, which they are calling the Canal Fire.

40 acres have have burned, no structures are currently at risk, although one was threatened, and the fire is not running currently.

BLM estimates it to have it controlled by 9 PM Sunday night, and have it controlled by 6 PM Monday evening.

The cause is under investigation.