Day 6: Henry’s Creek Fire saw little growth Thursday

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Courtesy Jason Miller

The following is taken from updates from Great Basin Incident Command Team 7 and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning on the Henry’s Creek Fire burning seven miles east of Idaho Falls. In comparison, on Thursday, the fire was 52,233 acres and 30 percent contained.

Fire growth

This interactive timeline and map shows the growth of the Henry’s Creek Fire.

Progress is being made in this fire event with only a 300-acre growth Thursday compared to the several thousands of acre growth we’ve seen. This is due to better weather conditions and the hard work of the Great Basin IMT Team 7 and other cooperating fire personnel.

As of Friday morning the estimated acres burned is approximately 52,500 and is considered 37 percent contained. Expectations are that continued significant progress will be made if the calm weather continues.

While some crews are monitoring and watching for hot spots on the fire, others are being sent directly to the flank of the fire in the Daves Mountain area. They will be assisted by dozers and aerial resources throughout the day in an effort to suppress the fire. In addition dozer and hand lines are being assessed for rehabilitation after the fire.

Closures and evacuations

Road closures are still in effect in the same areas and we continue to stress, especially coming up on the weekend, that the public needs to stay out of fire areas to allow fire crews, local ranchers, and equipment to work.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will put in place a forest closure for the area impacted by the Henry’s Creek Fire.

Unnecessary people in the fire area is a safety hazard and draws resources away from fire fighting to safety response, which significantly hampers the ability to control this fire. Please help us by staying clear of these areas and cooperating with Deputies and personnel at roadblocks.

Property owners and ranchers are still allowed to enter areas affected by the fire as long as safety conditions allow for it.

Currently there are no evacuations in progress; however, the alerts to the residents along the south side of the Snake River from the Swan Valley Bridge to Palisades Dam are still in place for them to monitor the fire and prepare for any emergency that arises.

For more information

For more on the fire, go to the Great Basin IMT 7 Facebook page and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Facebook page. In addition, the InciWeb has updated details on the fire and closures.

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