Printed on: October 04, 2012

Fire erupts near Ammon


A new fire was burning Wednesday night near wind turbines southeast of Idaho Falls and Ammon, the Bureau of Land Management reported.

The Dry Hollow Fire -- composed of four smaller fires -- had charred an estimated 50 acres on BLM and private land.

Crews from the BLM -- three engines and a water tender -- were battling the fire. They were assisted by Bonneville County fire crews.

BLM spokesman Lynn Ballard said firefighters were working to keep the flames away from a power substation in the area. At 9:30 p.m., Ballard said there had been no change in the status of the fire.

The 50-acre Dust Bowl Fire that erupted Tuesday along Interstate 15 near Firth was fully contained Wednesday.

In the Salmon-Challis National Forest, meanwhile, the 339,380-acre Mustang Complex fire was reported 55 percent contained Wednesday night.

Fire managers were looking toward dropping temperatures and possible snow flurries to further reduce the fire's reach. A National Guard unit that assisted with fire security was demobilized Wednesday and a number of road closures also were lifted.

For the latest fire information, visit http://www, .htm or /egbc/dispatch/id-cic/.