The location where the fire is burning is considered important sage-grouse habitat and high priority for suppression. This morning, multiple air resources responded including seven single engine air tankers and a helicopter from Twin Falls to aid ground crews working through the rocks to save pockets of sage brush, critical for sage-grouse survival. The BLM resources currently working the fire include 4 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 1 hand crew, and 1 helicopter. The Mountain Home Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) has also provided assistance. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.
Another fire was reported early this morning near Mile Marker 89 off Highway 78. The Crane fire is estimated at 300 acres in size. It is burning in the Brown Gulch area. Fire suppression efforts were initially slowed by the very sandy conditions; however, crews have made progress and are expecting containment around 8PM tonight. Resources on scene of the Crane fire include 2 engines, 1 dozer and 1 water tender. This fire was caused by a powerline.
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