Fire causes outages, road closures in Magic Valley

TWIN FALLS - A section of Idaho Highway 46 was closed and about 4,300 homes and businesses lost power for several hours Saturday afternoon and evening due to a brush fire north of Buhl, in the Snake River Canyon.

Highway 46 was closed in both directions between mileposts 92 in Gooding County and 89 in Twin Falls County Saturday afternoon, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. River Road was also closed. The northbound side of Highway 46 reopened just after 6:30 p.m. ITD indicates that it is also now open to southbound travel. 

Southern Idaho Regional Communication says the fire has burned a couple power poles. Idaho Power reported multiple outages due to equipment damage, affecting a total of 4,277 people as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Service has been restored.

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