08-23: The Two and and Half Mile Fire is expected to be at full containment by 10
p.m., said Zac Brouillette, the fire’s incident commander. Firefighters on
the scene today are focusing on mop-up and rehabilitation activities.
08-22: A pre-evacuation order has been called off for residents near the Two and a
Half Mile Fire, now estimated to have burned 432 acres of rangeland
southeast of Fort Hall.
The fire is about 25 percent contained, said Zac Brouillette, the fire’s
incident command officer with the Bureau of Land Management, at an early
morning briefing for firefighters at the LDS Stake Center in Tyhee.
He said hand crews will focus today on the fire’s west side, where dozers
were unable to secure the perimeter of the fire yesterday due to rugged
The fire is estimated to have burned 133 acres of BLM land, 82 acres of
private land and 217 acres of rangeland on the Fort Hall Reservation.
Two fire tankers were stationed at the scene overnight, said Brouillette.
Yesterday, about 60 firefighters from various agencies battled the blaze.
About half that number will be on scene today.
“The focus today will be on securing the perimeter of the fire and assessing
rehabilitation and repair needs,” said Brouillette.
Yesterday’s firefighting efforts were greatly assisted by BLM air tanker
drops and a dozer line around 95 percent of the fire’s perimeter.
Josh Friesen, Idaho State Journal
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
Idaho State Journal staff