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UPDATE: Fort Hall Fire Department restarts evacuations, requests aid from state

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UPDATE

The Fort Hall Fire Department has restarted evacuations as the Ross Fork Fire has increased in size and changed directions.

The Fort Hall Emergency Operations Center has begun the process of requesting assistance from state agencies, according to an update provided to EastIdahoNews.com by Shoshone-Bannock Tribes spokeswoman Randy’L Teton.

A weather report from the National Weather Service Pocatello office this morning predicted winds from 20 to 40 mph from the south-southwest. With those winds, the Ross Creek Fire has shifted toward Ross Fork Creek Road and homes in that area.

Ross Fork 1
Fire continues to burn near Ross Fork. | Kalama Hines, EastIdahoNews.com

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A scorched hillside near Ross Fork Creek Road. | Kalama Hines, EastIdahoNews.com

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Crews continue to battle the Fork Creek Fire. | Kalama Hines, EastIdahoNews.com

ORIGINAL STORY

FORT HALL — Two fires near Pocatello burned through the night.

According to Bureau of Land Management spokesman Ryan Beatty, neither the Ross Fork Fire nor Michaud Creek Fire has been contained. However, a Facebook post from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes says that the Ross Fork Fire is under control.

The Ross Fork Fire is located near the intersection of Ross Fork and Ross Fork Creek roads northeast of Pocatello. It had burned roughly 2,500 acres as of Wednesday morning, the tribes’ post says.

“No structures were lost, no injuries, residents were evacuated and currently being housed at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel,” the post adds.

The Michaud Creek Fire also began on reservation land, west of the Pocatello Airport, Beatty told EastIdahoNews.com.

According to updates provided by the National Weather Service, the Michaud Creek Fire is expected to be contained by 10 p.m. Wednesday and controlled by 6 p.m. Friday.

The NWS also reported that the spreading of the Michaud Creek Fire has slowed.

The cause of fires has not been determined.

EastIdahoNews.com will provide more information as it becomes available.

Michaud Creek Fire, courtesy NWS Pocatello
The Michaud Creek Fire | Courtesy National Weather Service

Ross Fork Fire
The hillside near Pocatello’s Highland neighborhood glows as the Ross Fork Fire burns just after midnight Wednesday. | Kalama Hines, EastIdahoNews.com

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