The Bray Fire

The 12,000-acre human-caused Bray Fire was approaching farms along the Big Wood River outside Gooding on Tuesday, according to modeling by the Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program.

A wildfire near Gooding spread to 12,000 acres by Tuesday morning, less than a day after it sparked near Bray Lake.

The Bray Fire was first reported around 4:45 p.m. Monday, just hours after south-central Idaho went under its first red flag warning of the year. The warning—which also covered the Snake River Plain, Salmon-Challis National Forest and much of eastern Idaho—was triggered by forecasted wind gusts up to 45 mph and humidity levels as low as 7%.

The fire spread from an initial estimate of 150 acres to 8,000 acres by Monday evening, reaching 12,000 acres by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management office reported. 

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