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Updated: August 17th, 2012 2:25 PM

FIRE UPDATE: Fire is 250 acres; more resources coming

Fire burning

By :KATHERINE WUTZ

12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17

The Enclosure Fire west of Ketchum in the Enclosure Gulch drainage is not as large as originally thought, said Forest Service officials today.

Sawtooth National Forest Service spokeswoman Julie Thomas said this morning that the fire has been mapped at 250 acres, less than estimated as of 10 p.m. last night. The fire is also burning in grass and sage, she said, with less timber than originally thought.

The fire is now 20 percent contained, she said, and two Forest Service hotshot crews and one large helicopter are heading to the fire, which is near the mouth of the North Fork of Deer Creek, 5 miles from the nearest homes in the Greenhorn and Deer Creek drainages.

"They diverted a lot of stuff to the fire," Thomas said of a state fire command team. "We are throwing everything possible on it to get this fire stopped."

Thomas said several air tankers passed over the area this morning, dropping fire retardant on the area. For the moment, she said, the fire is not growing, and containment is estimated for 8 p.m. tonight. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

Thomas said that containment estimates could change if the weather changes, and residents in the Deer Creek and Greenhorn Gulch areas should be aware of the fire and clear their properties of brush and flammable equipment.

"That is where the fire is, and if something were to happen, those are the drainages it would follow," Thomas said. "Right now, that is not the case."

Local fire departments are on scene up Warm Springs Road and in the Deer Creek and Greenhorn Gulch areas providing structure protection, in case it's necessary.

No evacuations have yet been ordered. However, trails in the Greenhorn Gulch area are closed.

More updates will be issued as they become available. Fire departments ask that residents get their information from the Idaho Mountain Express website rather than calling the departments, which limits communications among staff. 

 

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