A lightning-caused wildfire burned more than 3,400 acres about eight miles east of Carey on Wednesday night and Thursday.
The Paddleford Fire was reported to South Central Idaho Dispatch at 6:48 p.m. Resources from the Carey Rural Fire Department along with six engines, two dozers and one water tender from the Twin Falls District BLM and Sawtooth National Forest responded to the blaze.
The passing thunderstorm that started the blaze also brought gusty winds, causing erratic fire behavior, the BLM reported. Once the thunderstorm passed, the wind-driven fire slowed and firefighters were able to use areas of lava rock as a natural barrier.
The agency reported that the fire was contained Thursday at noon, with control expected today at 6 p.m. Incident Commander Clay Stephens said crews worked hard through the night to slow the fire’s growth and will spend today improving containment lines and seeking out hotspots.
Another wildfire burned about 10 acres near the Shoshone Transfer Station, about one mile north of the town, on Wednesday.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., firefighters from the BLM’s Twin Falls District, Shoshone Rural Fire Department and the Forest Service responded to the fire. Equipment involved were six engines, one water tender, one dozer, one air attack, one single-engine air tanker, two air tankers.
Due to the proximity to the BLM Shoshone Fire Yard, firefighters were able to respond quickly to the fire, according to a press release from the BLM.
The fire was reported contained at 6 p.m. and controlled by 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The BLM reported that the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but has been determined to be human.