Caribou-Targhee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Tincup fire grows to 72 acres over the weekend
SODA SPRINGS, ID— The Tincup fire remains active and continues to consume dead and down fuel. High winds propelled the fire to 72-acres over the weekend (August 24-25), which spotted over the 444 trail to the east. Higher fuel moistures and significant live vegetation on the north facing slopes are slowing fire spread. South facing slopes are more susceptible to the fire’s spread and forest managers continue to anticipate smoldering and creeping with minor spotting and single/group tree torching in these areas. The slow surface fire is rejuvenating the forest.
Firefighters are still actively implementing management strategies, including building fire line around private property and other public land values. No closures are in place, although the forest urges those recreating and hunting in the area to use caution due to fire hazards and potential falling trees.
A dry and stable northwest flow is expected today (August 26) resulting in seasonable temperatures and local gusty winds in the afternoon. A ridge of high pressure is expected to expand across the region Tuesday and Wednesday bringing warmer and drier conditions in the area.
Smoke from the Tincup Fire will be visible likely until a major precipitation event occurs or until it snows. Fire managers urge individuals to use caution and stay out of the area due to fire hazards. Currently no closures are in effect.
The Tincup Fire was discovered on July 30 approximately 30 miles northeast of Soda Springs near the Grays Lake Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The lightning-caused fire is slowly spreading towards the northeast away from private property, burning in rugged terrain within the Caribou Mountain Range.
For more information on the Tincup Fire please visit inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6489/.