Southeast Idaho fire continues to burn at 51,000 acres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POCATELLO, Idaho — A fire continues to burn across a swath of over 50,000 acres near American Falls, Idaho.

“The fire has burned lands managed by Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, and Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Many roads are closed and homes have been evacuated today,” according to a press release by the Bureau of Land Management.

Officials say road closures along Arbon Valley Highway, Michaud Creek Road, Mink Creek Road, and Trail Creek Road, in addition to enacting evacuations along the south fork of Mink Creek.

The spread of the fire is also impacting local residents. Local News 8 reported ash is falling on cars, sidewalks, and lawns in Pocatello. Officials have issued an air quality alert and smokey, hazy conditions can be seen across southeast Idaho.

Some have collected supplies to send to fire fighters battling the blaze, but Griffee says the response teams are being provided all the resources they need.

“All fire fighters on the fire…are provided any medical supplies, any firefighting supply needs and food,” Griffee said. She says anyone who wants to help is always encouraged to donate to the Red Cross or the Wild Land Firefighter Foundation.

Griffee also says anyone who is getting close to the blaze to get a better look or better pictures, need to be careful.

“Our main concern is that the public stays in a safe viewing spot and also stays out of the way of firefighters so that they can do their job,” Griffee said. “We don’t want people putting themselves in harm’s way just to get a good photo.”

You can get the latest fire information for your area from county officials or www.idahofireinfo.com.