Wind-driven wildfire controlled near Shoshone

SHOSHONE - A brush fire near Shoshone was controlled at at 8 a.m. Friday after burning overnight.

The Transfer Fire  fire started two miles north of town early Thursday afternoon. It threatened structures and forced the closure of Idaho 75 for a time on Thursday, fire officials said.

The quickly grew to about 40 acres in size two miles north of Shoshone early Thursday afternoon. By Thursday evening, shortly before expected containment, it was mapped at 65 acres.

The fire was human-caused, officials say.

BLM spokesperson Kelsey Brizendine tells KTVB that the fire was pushed by strong winds, but thanks to a quick response by fire crews from the BLM and Shoshone, crews were able to stop the fire's spread.

Crews worked the fire from both the ground and the air. Brizendine said buildings at a nearby transfer station and a few private residences were threatened as the fire grew. Those buildings are no longer threatened.

Highway 75 was shut down in both directions, but had reopened by 1:30 p.m. Brizendine said flames came within feet of the highway at one point.

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