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Cold Creek Fire in Eastern Idaho grows to 1,200 acres, forces evacuations

The fire began just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — The Power County Sheriff's Office has issued several evacuation orders following a fire in Eastern Idaho.

The Cold Creek Fire began after 3:30 p.m. on Monday just south of American Falls, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The first report of the fire came into the Power County Dispatch center at 3:40 p.m. Law enforcement and fire were sent to the area of Cold Creek Road.

As of Monday evening, it is estimated to be around 1,200 acres and growing quickly.

Several air resources are on the scene, including one air attach, four single-engine air tankers (SEATs), three Heavy Air Tankers, one Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) and a lead plane. Multiple local and federal agencies are also working to contain the fire.

Power County deputies, Search and Rescue and Highway District personnel have evacuated the following areas in American Falls:

  • Ferry Hallow
  • Sunbeam Road
  • Hornbacher Road
  • Mayer Road
  • (Potential) Garden Road

Evacuees can report to American Falls High School, according to BLM. The Power County Sheriff's Office said those evacuated will likely not be able to return to their homes on Monday night.

People in surrounding areas are urged to stay clear of all entry points as crews work to contain the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Power County Sheriff's Office and more information will be released as it becomes available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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