Firefighters have been able to make some significant headway on fires burning in Eastern and South Central Idaho in recent days.
They were able to contain a fire burning five miles south of Atomic City on Sunday night, according to BLM officials.
The Lava Flow Fire, which was started by lightning and reported on Aug. 2, was listed at 22,651 acres in size.
In South Central Idaho, firefighters continued to fight the Mammoth Fire north of Shoshone on Monday. They expected to have that fire contained by Monday night, according to BLM officials.
The Mammoth Fire, estimated to be 50,182 acres in size, has destroyed one residence and two minor structures.
Firefighters were also working to contain the Shoestring Fire burning in grass and brush north of Wendell by Monday night. That fire was listed at 35,737 acres.
The cause of the Mammoth and Shoestring fires has not yet been determined, according to BLM officials.
While firefighters have been working hard to get area wildfires under control, officials are doing what they can to prevent even more from starting.
The BLM’s Idaho Falls District and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest have issued Stage One Fire Restrictions that will go into effect on Aug. 14 in many recreational areas. Officials say their decision was based on an increase in fire danger and the expected influx of people coming to Eastern Idaho for the eclipse.
“These restrictions include all BLM-managed public lands and Caribou-Targhee NF lands in Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties,” according to a news release.
Under the restrictions, people cannot start a fire unless it is in a designated recreation site and in a fire structure provided by the administrative agency, according to the news release. They can’t smoke, either, unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site or in a location that is at least three feet in diameter and is cleared of all flammable materials.
Similar restrictions are also being implemented in Central Idaho.
Those who violate the restrictions could face hefty fines and even prison time, according to the news release. For more information about the restrictions, people can visit www.idahofireinfo.com.