Dubois, ID. – The Indian Creek Butte Fire that is burning 9 miles northwest of Dubois, Idaho, has remained very active over the last 24 hours. The fire is pushing northeast with potential shifts in direction based on changes in wind direction. As of late Thursday the blaze was estimated at 1,250 acres in size.
The wildfire started on Wednesday on private property and spread onto BLM land as a result of high winds and dry ground fuels. The fire was estimated at that time to be only 300 acres, but grew quickly overnight, into Thursday morning, to an estimated 5,000 acres.
On Thursday fire crews continued to construct a fire line on the east and west flanks and evacuated hunting camps and assess unattended campers/trailers in the area. The main concern is the fire moving to the east and impacting the town of Spencer as well as ranches on the I-15. Officials are not sure if the fire has reached the Caribou-Targhee National Forest yet, but mapping will be conducted Wednesday morning.
High winds and low humidity have been huge factors in the movement of this fire. The wind is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire will continue to spread to the northeast and transition into timber fuels.
At this time 20 single residences and numerous hunting camps spread across the area are being threatened. Stoddard Creek campgrounds, and trailers and hunters in that area have been under evacuation orders, and Pleasant Valley Rd. and Dry Creek Rd. have been closed to all traffic.
The following fire crews and resources are on the scene: 8 engines, 2 dozers, 1 fuel tender, 1 hand crew, 1 water tender, 3 seats, 1 air attack and 5 overhead.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire is considered to be 20 percent contained at this time.