Ignited by lightning Monday night, the Lava Fire had burned about 400 acres of grass and brush by Tuesday afternoon on the east side of state Highway 75, three miles northeast of Shoshone.

     “It’s making a big push toward Highway 75 right now,” said BLM Twin Falls District Fire Officer Kelsey Brizendine on Tuesday morning.

     Brizendine said firefighters from the BLM and Shoshone and Jerome rural fire districts were working on controlling the blaze. According to information provided by the BLM, firefighters were aided by four engines and multiple aircraft.

     State Highway 75 north of Shoshone was temporarily closed Tuesday morning. Drivers are urged to use caution while driving through the area due to the presence of firefighters and equipment.

     As of Tuesday afternoon, no containment date had been set.

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