Thunderstorms on Thursday night apparently sparked two wildfires southeast of Carey.
According to the BLM, both fires are burning on public land. The Spud Fire is about 12 miles southeast of the town and the Peavey Fire is farther to the southeast, about 14 miles north of Minidoka.
The Spud Fire was reported yesterday at about 5:30 p.m. and is burning on the lava flows near Craters of the Moon National Monument, creating difficult conditions for firefighters. Lava rock and large caverns are limiting access and firefighters are relaying on support from the air to reach these locations, the BLM reported.
“It’s a bunch of grass and sagebrush growing right out of the lava rock,” BLM Fire Information Officer Kelsey Brizendine said in an interview.
As of about 8 a.m. today the fire was reported to have burned about 2,500 acres. Shortly after noon, Brizendine said the agency was in the process of evaluating the fire from the air and would have a new estimate this afternoon. She said the fire has been active and has probably grown significantly.
Seven BLM engines, one water tender, one dozer, one camp crew, three managers and multiple aircraft were reported working on the blaze.
No estimated time of containment had been set.
By this morning, the Peavey Fire had burned 464 acres of grass and sagebrush. Fire behavior was described as smoldering and creeping with short runs.
Containment—meaning construction of a line around the fire--is estimated for today at 8 p.m. Control—meaning the fire is tamped down enough to ensure that it can’t jump the line--is estimated for Sunday at 6 p.m.
Two Sawtooth National Forest engines, one BLM engine and one manager were reported working on the Peavey Fire.
The BLM reported that no structures were threatened by either fire.
Additional thunderstorms are predicted for today, bringing erratic high winds and low relative humidity, the BLM reported.
For updated information, go to IdahoFireInfo.com.