UPDATE: Multiple fires caused by lightning strikes across Idaho

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The Bureau of Land Management is battling multiple fires across Southern Idaho, started by lightning. The largest of those fires is the Horse Butte Fire, 17 miles northwest of Aberdeen, has burned 4,000 acres and is growing.

Reports of these fires began coming in at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

BLM estimates the fire to be contained by 10 p.m. Sunday, and controlled by 8 p.m. Tuesday. A second fire in east Idaho, the Lake Channel Fire, is 7 miles north of Raft River and has burned approximately 1,000 acres of land. The fire is currently 10 percent contained, and is estimated to be fully contained by 6 p.m. Sunday and controlled by 6 p.m. Monday.

Closer to home, BLM is fighting three fires, two of which are indicated to have been started by lightning just north of Hazelton. The Crest View was previously reported as a BLM fire, but has since been determined to be on private land.

The Wilson Fire, near Wilson Lake, just two miles northeast of Hazelton has burned an estimated 300 acres. It's estimated to be contained by Sunday at 10 p.m. and controlled by 8 p.m. Monday, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The Cinder Butte-Fire, five miles northeast of Hazelton, has burned an estimated 39 acres of land. It's expected to have been contained by 10 p.m. Saturday, and to be fully controlled by 6 p.m. Sunday. Both of these fires were described at the time of this update as running and smoldering. Multiple resources were allocated to the response.


Crews are responding to at least two fires, which may have been caused by lightning strikes according to witnesses and officials.

A fire started near Indian Springs Road, east of Hollister. A KMVT reporter on scene was told by fire officials that the fire was caused by lightning, and is being turned over to the Bureau of Land Management.

Batallion Chief Hunker of the Rock Creek Fire Protection District described the situation on scene, where multiple fires were in viewing distance.

"I know we got some power poles that have been hit by lightening over in the Jerome area as well. So it sounds like this thing is far from over," Hunsaker said.

A second fire started east of Wilson Lake Reservoir, north of Hazelton. Witnesses at the scene say this one was caused by lightning as well.

"Then it just started hitting lightening, Megan Reed said. "There was a fire that way as well just like directly across that over there, and then that one too."

East End Fire and BLM are also headed out to Lake Walcott in Minidoka county, where a third fire has been reported.

This is breaking news, and KMVT will update this story as more information becomes available.

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