SHOSHONE, Id. --- The Preacher Fire grew to around 7,000 acres last night. Crews worked through the night conducting a burn out operation to secure the north side of the fire, to slow its progression. Resources will work to secure the south west and north east corner of the fire today, and improving the containment lines on the north side.
Thunderstorms are predicted in the fire area, with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and temperatures reaching 94 degrees. Incident Commander, Brian O’Donnell estimates a containment time of July 17th, at 10:00 p.m., with a control time of July 19th, at 8:00 p.m. but due to predicted winds, is expecting some fire growth today.
It was determined that the fire was caused by lightning.