Wildfire evacuations lifted in Shoshone

SHOSHONE - Evacuations have been lifted after a wildfire burning in Lincoln County neared the town of Shoshone Wednesday.

The Bureau of Land Management announced just before midnight that the Lagoon Fire was no longer threatening Shoshone, and that residents were no longer being asked to get out. 

Highway 75, which heads north to Sun Valley, was shut down as crews worked to contain the fire, but has since reopened. 

The Lagoon Fire was reported at around midnight Tuesday, and doubled in size Wednesday. The Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association responded along with crews from Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management and the Sawtooth National Forest.

The fire has grown to around 1,500 acres and remains active.

Kelsey Brizendine, BLM Twin Falls District fire information and prevention officer, said a fairly strong thunderstorm and 15 mph winds made the fire run toward the north half of Shoshone.

The cause was still undetermined, but the fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

 

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