Raging East Idaho wildfire grows to over 15,000 acres

July 28, 2018
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Firefighters battle the over 15,000-acre Grassy Ridge Fire 15 miles northwest of St. Anthony on Friday.

A wildfire burning about 15 miles northwest of St. Anthony in East Idaho grew from about 4,400 acres Friday morning to 15,360 acres by Friday evening, according to a news release from the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.

And the blaze was only about 20 percent contained on Friday evening according to the center.

“The fire is burning very actively to the north and continues to shift depending on wind direction,” according to the center.

Bulldozers worked with air resources and engines to contain the blaze, which has been dubbed the Grassy Ridge Fire.

Firefighters did burnout operations in the evening to slow the progress of the blaze, which is burning in grass and brush on flat ground east of the old Red Road Fire.

Firefighters will continue work to keep the Grassy Ridge Fire west of Red Road and to secure the fire perimeter, according to the release.

But as of Friday evening there was no estimate on when they hoped to contain the blaze, which was started by lightning on Thursday about 3 p.m. off Red Road.

No structures, however, were immediately being threatened by the flames and no evacuations are in effect. But Red Road is closed from the sand dunes to Kilgore Road.

Resources dedicated to fighting the blaze include 10 fire engines, multiple county and rural fire departments, one hand crew and four bulldozers. Fire retardant drops are being made by very large air tankers and single-engine air tankers.

Agencies involved in battling the fire include the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Idaho Department of Lands.

Meanwhile, a blaze that’s burning near the Idaho/Nevada border has grown to an estimated 61,000 acres in size.

The Bruneau Fire was ignited by lightning and currently burns five miles northwest of Murphy Hot Springs in Owyhee County. There is no estimated time for containment.

Currently, there are three dozers, 13 engines, one fuel truck, one camp crew and three water tenders fighting the flames. The fire is in a remote location and no structures are being threatened.

There’s no estimated time for containment on a third blaze that is burning five miles southeast of Elba, which is about 30 miles southeast of Burley.

Called the Jim Sage Fire, this blaze is estimated at 2,000 acres. Ten engines, three dozers, two water tenders, a camp crew and two hand crews are fighting the flames.

Aircraft were also utilized to fight the fire, and BLM said firefighters got the upper hand on Friday. However, passing thunderstorms were a cause for concern.

No structures are being threatened by this blaze.

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