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WILDFIRE BURNING NEAR CHUBBUCK HAS ALREADY SCORCHED OVER 1,200 ACRES

August 5, 2018

An air tanker flies above the wildfire burning northeast of Chubbuck on Saturday afternoon. As of Saturday night the fire had scorched over 1,200 acres.

CHUBBUCK — A combine caught fire on Saturday afternoon and ignited a wildfire northeast of Chubbuck that’s already charred over 1,200 acres.

The blaze is burning east of 2 1/2 Mile Road and firefighters from the Chubbuck and Fort Hall fire departments and Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Forest Service are on the scene battling the flames.

As of Saturday night the fire had not caused any evacuations or injuries and had not damaged or threatened any structures, authorities said.

Air tankers have been deployed to fight the blaze from above and as of Saturday night the wildfire was 75 percent contained.

Authorities said they expect the fire to be fully contained by 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fire ignited around 3:15 p.m. Saturday when a farmer’s combine caught fire and the flames quickly spread to the surrounding brush, scorching about 400 acres in two hours, authorities said. By 8 p.m. Saturday the fire had grown to 1,245 acres in size.

The fire is reportedly burning in grass and brush but firefighters have successfully used bulldozers to dig a fire break around the blaze’s entire perimeter to hopefully keep the flames from spreading, authorities said.

Smoke from the blaze could easily be seen Saturday afternoon from several miles away, including from Old Town Pocatello.

Stay with idahostatejournal.com for updates on the fire.

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