Wildfire forces evacuations near Bruneau Sand Dunes

Crews are working two fires burning in southern Idaho. One of the fires caused evacuations, while the other forced a road closure.

UPDATED STORY: Wildfire near Bruneau Sand Dunes grows to 40,000 acres

BRUNEAU - Fire crews are working to get a handle a wind-driven wildfire that has forced evacuations Sunday evening.

The Loveridge Fire is burning about eight miles southeast of the town of Bruneau.

BLM spokesperson Kelsey Brizendine tells KTVB that the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations in the area of Bruneau Dunes State Park.

At last check the fire was estimated at 4,000 acres, but was growing quickly.

"It's a wind-driven fire," Brizendine said. "It's running pretty hard."

Some structures are threatened. There is no word on how many people have been evacuated.

Also Sunday, evening, crews were fighting a wildfire between Gooding and Shoshone. The 300-acre Antelope Fire forced the temporary closure of a stretch of U.S. 26. Sunday afternoon. Motorists are being told to avoid the area.

Fire investigators are looking into the causes of both fires.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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