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UPDATE: Lavaside Fire near Firth grows to over 100 acres

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LATEST UPDATE: Lavaside Fire grows to 190 acres, and is 25% contained

FIRTH – A fast-moving wildfire near Hell’s Half Acre, 4 miles west of Firth, is now over 100 acres in size.

The Lavaside Fire started just after 4 p.m. Wednesday and is growing quickly, BLM spokeswoman Kelsey Griffee said.

It is burning grass, brush, and juniper on flat terrain, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The fire is 0% contained, and firefighters have no estimate on when it will be under control.

The cause has not yet been determined.

Multiple witnesses say there are buildings and animals in the vicinity, which officials report are threatened by the blaze. As of 6:30 p.m., the BLM said some structures a half-mile from the fire were threatened. Some residents in the area were evacuated for a short time, but they have now been allowed back to their homes, according to Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.

No injuries have been reported.

Multiple agencies are involved in the response, including BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

This is a developing story. EastIdahoNews.com will provide additional details once they are available.

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