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Powerline Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Falls District
Bureau of Land Management
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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On August 4, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Powerline Fire was reported seven miles southeast of American Falls, ID in the Arbon Valley area. The fire is human-caused and is currently under investigation.

Currently, Brook Chadwick’s Type II Great Basin Incident Command Team is managing the fire. For more information call 208-238-8385.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
LocationOrigin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident CommanderMartin
Coordinates42.706 latitude, -112.725 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel231
Size55,529 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Short grass, brush, dormant brush and hardwood slash. Grass and brush are the dominant fuel type with scattered pinyon juniper throughout the fire area.

Significant Events


Smoldering. No fire progression or significant fire activity.


Planned Actions

Patrol and monitor, especially in areas that have interior islands that continue to burn. Continue suppression repair tasks.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior and no fire progression. Isolated interior heat exists causing occasional smoke as unburned fuels smolder.


The fire will be turned over to a Type 3 Team at 6 am tomorrow, 8-13-2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Isolated thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours across the incident. Otherwise it was a partly cloudy day with highs in the lower to mid-80s across the fire. Fire danger will be elevated on Sunday in advance of an approaching cold front that will move across the incident by Monday morning. Southwest winds will gust to near 20 mph at times with afternoon humidity dropping into the lower 20s. Isolated showers and storms are expected during the day with precipitation chances increasing overnight into Monday morning.

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