GOODING COUNTY — A brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon has grown to at least 1,800 acres north of Wendell, and is at the Gooding-Lincoln county line.
The fire, now being called the North Wendell Fire, was reported at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday and erupted in strong winds.
Kelsey Brizendine, a public information officer with Twin Falls District BLM, said "until the wind stops, they (firefighters) are going to have some issues."
The fire has slowed down, and full containment is now estimated for 8 p.m. Sunday.
Extreme caution is advised when driving Idaho Highway 46 between Wendell and Gooding, as air and ground firefighting resources are near the roadway.
There were no road closures or evacuation notices.
Brizendine said there are structures near the fire, but there is no immediate threat to them at this time.
Along with BLM crews, Wendell, Gooding, and Bliss rural fire departments and the Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association have responded to the fire.