3,000-acre fire near Twin Falls almost controlled

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by KTVB.COM and Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

TWIN FALLS -- Crews in south-central Idaho have contained a wildfire that's burned more than 3,000 acres northwest of Hollister, Idaho which is about 12 miles southwest of Twin Falls.

They expect to control the fire by Monday at 6 p.m.

Fire information officer Josh Olsen with the Bureau of Land Management says the fire was contained Sunday night at approximately 6 p.m.

He says the lightning-caused fire started about 5 p.m. Saturday, quickly burning through sage and other desert vegetation. No structures are currently threatened and none have been damaged, though a home was in jeopardy Saturday.

The wildfire drew a quick response Saturday with two single-engine air tankers, a helicopter, 11 fire engines and other equipment taking part. More than 70 firefighting personnel were said to be on scene at that time.

Two BLM engine crews and five private firefighting crews remain on the scene as of Monday. Olsen says about 25 to 30 firefighters continue to patrol for hot spots.

"We currently have 7 engines on it, so we've released several from yesterday," Olsen told KTVB.

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