Crews battling wildfire east of Bellevue

BELLEVUE - Several canyons east of Bellevue have been closed to traffic as crews work to get a handle on a new fire burning in the area.

According to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, the Martin Canyon Fire is burning near Muldoon Canyon.

Photos sent to KTVB show a large plume of smoke rising over a hillside. Resident Jeane Gadd said the pictures were taken from the Chantrelle Subdivision, about one block west of State Highway 75, near the north end of Bellevue.

The sheriff's office said late Sunday evening that Quigley Road is now open, but residents are encouraged to stay out of the area. Other canyons, including Muldoon, Slaughterhouse, Martin and portions of Little Wood remain closed.

Officials estimate the fire to be about 2,800 acres in size, and zero-percent contained. Crews from Wood River Fire and Rescue, Hailey Fire, Ketchum Fire, Carey QRU and Sun Valley Fire are battling the blaze. The Forest Service is providing air attacks.

Officials say crews will fight the fire throughout the night.

There is no word on if any structures are threatened.

 

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