Printed on: October 03, 2012

Fire erupts along I-15 south of Idaho Falls Post Register

The Dust Bowl Fire erupted Tuesday along Interstate 15 south of Idaho Falls near Firth.

Three engines, one water tender and crews from the Firth Fire Department were battling the 50-acre fire Tuesday night, according to the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest, meanwhile, was scheduled to reopen a number of roads at 6 a.m. today.

"Signs will be posted warning of the hazards that could be encountered in a recently burned area," according to a Forest Service news release. "Forest users should use caution and stay alert for smoldering logs, falling trees and rolling debris."

Evacuation orders for Hughes Creek and Alta Creek roads on the Montana side of the fire were lifted Monday evening.

Generally, the 339,3800-acre fire is burning north of the Main Salmon River and west of the North Fork of the Salmon River. It was reported 50 percent contained Tuesday night.

A total of 292 firefighters and support personnel continued to battle the blaze.