Four Homes Evacuated near South Ross Fork Fire

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Updated: 7/16/2013 8:29 pm
UPDATE: The South Ross Fork Fire, about 8 miles southeast of Fort Hall, has now burned between 90 and 100 acres according to Randy'L Teton with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Winds have picked up in the area since the lightning-caused fire started at around 4:40 p.m., Tuesday.

Crews worked to establish a fire line as four homes were evacuated in the area. Two fire trucks are guarding those homes and the families have been placed at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel.

Two BLM engines as well as crews from Fort Hall, Pocatello and Chubbuck are fighting that fire.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes activated the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday afternoon after lightning sparked two fires in the Ross Fork Area.

Randy'L Teton, spokeswoman for the tribe, says the EOC was activated at 4:42 p.m.

BLM is reporting two fires in the Ross Fork Area. The West Ross Fork Fire is listed at 1/8 of an acre on the east side of Interstate 15 near Fort Hall.  That fire was quickly controlled by firefighters.

The other is the South Ross Fork Fire which has burned 30-40 acres. Two BLM engines and crews from Fort Hall and Chubbuck Fire Departments are on scene.

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