UPDATE: Lightning-caused fires burn nearly 14,000 acres of grass and brush across Magic Valley

Smoke from Berger Butte fire on KMVT's skycam
Smoke from Berger Butte fire on KMVT's skycam(KMVT)
Published: Jul. 16, 2018 at 6:50 PM MDT
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UPDATE (7/17 at 11:24 a.m.) —

Bureau of Land Management fire crews responded to seven lightning-caused fires Monday, amounting to more than 14,000 acres.

Two fires near Castleford have burned an estimated 10,400 acres. One burning mostly grass and brush 26 miles southwest of Castleford, named the East Fork Fire, burned about 8,600 acres with no estimated containment or control times listed. The BLM describes the fire as smoldering, creeping and running. Three Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Association, six engines, two BLM battalion chiefs, one dozer, one hotshot crew, one water tender, BLM camp crew are working to contain the blaze.

The second one, burning about seven miles southeast of Castleford has burned about 1,700 acres of grass and brush. Named the Berger Butte Fire, it was listed as contained Monday at 10 p.m. Salmon Tract Rangeland Fire Protection Association, Shoshone Basin Rangeland Fire Protection Association, Gooding Rural Fire Department water tender, five engines have responded to the fire.

A fire sparked early Monday morning burns about five miles south of Carey and grew to 4,093 acres in size. Dubbed the Spud Butte Fire, the fires was listed as contained Monday at 9 p.m. and expected to be under control Wednesday by 8 p.m. Four engines, Carey Rural Fire Department and one dozer responded to the fire that burned mostly grass and brush.

The Brown Fire has burned 470 acres of mostly grass and brush about 10 miles southwest of Hammett. It was contained Monday night and is expected to be contained by Tuesday at 9 p.m. Another fire named the East Sailor Fire has burned about 240 acres of grass and brush south of Hammett. The fire is expected to be contained by 1 p.m. Tuesday with a control time of noon Wednesday. Saylor Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Association and three engines are working on this fire.

Lightning also sparked a 55 acre brush fire about 12 miles north of Richfield. Four engines and one BLM battalion chief aim to have the blaze, named the Mud Fire, contained by noon Tuesday and under control by 6 p.m. Thursday.

One Sawtooth National Forest engine, one BLM engine, eight smokejumpers, one type two IA crew are working to contain a 4-acre fire burning about six miles south of Hailey. Named the Elephant Fire, the fire is burning grass, brush and timber. No structures were threatened as of about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Crews aim to have the fire contained by 8 p.m. Tuesday and controlled by 8 p.m. Thursday.


The Bureau of Land Management said crews are fighting a wildfire near Castleford caused by lightning.

Kelsey Brizendine with BLM said the Berger Butte fire is estimated at 1,000 acres.

The fire was reported at 4:20 p.m.

Estimated containment time is 10 p.m. Monday and the control time has not been set yet.

Brizendine said crews seem to have a good handle on it as of 6:15 p.m.

BLM engines are on scene and additional engines were requested, she said.