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Firefighters respond to several incidents over Labor Day Weekend

◆ Crow Creek Fire threatens homes.

Firefighters responded to several fires that ignited early Labor Day Weekend.

“Fire conditions are still volatile in the local area and we need everyone to do their part to prevent wildfires,” said Martell Gibbons, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer.

“The majority of recent starts have been human-caused and could have easily been prevented.”

Eastern Idaho and the Bridger-Teton National Forest remain in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, which means campfires are only allowed in agency approved rings at developed campsites and smoking is not allowed outside a vehicle. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited on public lands.

Lincoln County has also instituted fire restrictions.

Wild Mountain Fire is located at the Gibson Jack Trail Head in Pocatello. The fire is approximately 19 acres in size. Its cause remains under investigation.

“Crews made great progress enhancing containment lines and plumbing the fire with hose lays to get water into particularly hot areas,” a Labor Day report of the fire stated. “Although high winds continued to plague the area, the fire remained within the established perimeter. A 20-person hand crew remains on the fire mopping up hot spots and monitoring containment lines. The Gibson Jack Road and Trail Head are still closed.”

The fire was contained on Labor Day.

The Smoky Hollow Fire is located approximately six miles southwest of Wilson, Wyoming, just above Mosquito Creek. The blaze is approximately 17 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation. As of Monday, September 7, the fire was 98 percent contained.

The Indian Creek Fire started on Saturday, September 5 and was located three miles north of the Alpine Junction.

The cause of the blaze was determined to be a campfire. The fire was approximately .2 acres in size and was completely contained on September 5.

The Crow Creek Fire started on Sunday, September 6 and was located 9 miles southwest of Afton. The blaze was 15 acres and remains under investigation.

The Crow Creek Fire was contained just after noon on September 6.

“Afton Fire Department was called out and did a great job saving to summer homes,” said Brad Merritt of the Afton Fire Department. “Also, we had no injuries.”

Initial reports of the Crow Creek Fire indicated the blaze was caused by people shooting guns.

Cooler temperatures and a fresh layer of snow Tuesday morning, September 8 aided in fire fighting efforts across the region.