A human-caused brush fire burned 27.7 acres between Picabo Desert Road and East Magic Road along state Highway 75 in southern Blaine County on Thursday, Oct. 10, shutting the highway down for more than an hour.
According to BLM Fire Information Officer Kelsey Brizendine, an investigation was still in progress as of Tuesday, but it has been determined that the fire was human-caused. The BLM posted on Twitter just before 3 p.m. last Thursday that the highway was closed south of Timmerman Hill due to a fire in progress and smoke and fire equipment on the road. Wood River Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 2:35 p.m. to a report of the wildland fire near milepost 96.
According to Wood River Fire & Rescue Interim Chief Ron Bateman, also on scene was the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the Hailey, Bellevue, Sun Valley and Carey fire departments, as well as the BLM.
“The BLM spent several hours containing the 28-acre fire that stretched more than a mile along the west side of the roadway,” a news release from Wood River Fire & Rescue stated.
The highway was reopened at 4 p.m. and Wood River Fire & Rescue cleared the scene at 6:38 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.