Crews battling large range fire north of Gooding

Crews battling large range fire north of Gooding

Credit: Josh Olsen / BLM

Crews working to contain the Fir Grove Fire

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on July 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:37 AM

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GOODING -- Fire crews are working to a get a handle on a fast-growing wildfire burning in sagebrush and grass about 18 miles north of Gooding.

The Fir Grove Fire was first reported at about 1:30 Sunday afternoon and quickly grew in size thanks to driving winds, BLM spokesman Josh Olsen said.

The fire is now estimated at about 7,143 acres.

Olsen tells KTVB that multiple structures in the area were threatened for a time, including some ranches and outbuildings, but those structures are no longer threatened and none burned as a result of the fire. Olsen said there were no mandatory evacuations in effect, but some residents decided to leave their homes as a precaution Sunday.

Olsen said the fire has reached the Thorn Creek Reservoir.

Officials say the fire is estimated to be 50 percent contained, with full containment estimated to occur Tuesday at 8 p.m. 

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