Idaho Crews Busy with Multiple Brush Fires

July 03--Bureau of Land Management firefighters are fighting an estimated 250-acre fire north of Hagerman. Crews expect to control the Malad Tower Fire by 8 p.m. Thursday.

BLM crews are also fighting a less than 1-acre fire near Kimama. They expect to control that fire later tonight.

No structures are being threatened by either fire. Their causes are unknown at this time.

Firefighters fought a 20-acre blaze Wednesday near Rogerson.

The Soldier Fire started on private land but spread to U.S. Forest Service property. The Bureau of Land Management initially responded, but the Forest Service took over when the blaze headed toward its land.

The BLM sent three engines, a water tender and a bulldozer to fight the fire, said agency spokeswoman Kelsey Dehoney. The Salmon Tract Rural Fire Protection District also responded, she said.

Firefighters expected to control the blaze by 8 tonight, Dehoney said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The BLM also was en route with two engines to a suspected fire 5 miles north of Hagerman on Wednesday night. Information on that fire was not available as of press time.

A haystack also was burning on private land at 740 E. 3400 N. on Wednesday near Castleford. Firefighters from Castleford, Buhl and Filer were responding and asked that only local traffic be permitted to pass through the area.

Firefighters across the Magic Valley responded to several other brush fires caused by an afternoon bout of lightning, said Angel Hunsaker, a supervisor at the Southern Idaho Regional Communications Center.

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