Update: 2 1/2 Mile Fire Now Fully Contained

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Updated: 7/02/2013 9:37 pm
UPDATE: Fire crews have now gained full containment on the 2 1/2 mile fire that started on Sunday evening.

Lynn Ballard with the Bureau of Land Management says the fire scorched just over 1,000 acres in all.

Crews will return to the scene in the morning and expect to have the fire fully controlled by 6:00 pm Wednesday.

One of the 20-man handcrews that was working the 2 1/2 mile fire will now be responding to the Beaver Pass Fire in Butte County.

That lightning-started fire sparked up Tuesday about 10 miles north of Arco.

About 30 acres have been burned there.

No structures are threatened by this fire and there is currently no estimated time of containment.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: After a difficult day on Monday, local firefighters received help from Mother Nature Tuesday and they're finally gaining the upper hand on the 2 ½ Mile Fire.

The lightning-caused fire ballooned from around 170 acres to well over 1,058 just Monday afternoon.

As the winds have calmed down, however, crews have been able to slow the fire's progress.

Fire officials, in fact, say they hope to have the fire contained by 8:00 p.m., Tuesday.

Nine federal engines, several Pocatello and Chubbuck Fire Department engines, three 20-person hand crews, two dozers and a helicopter are still fighting the fire Tuesday.  Crews will likely remain on scene throughout the night to keep an eye on hot spots.

Fire officials say the  2 1/2 Mile fire has grown to over 1,000 acres with the help of a change in wind direction Monday.

Lynn Ballard, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management, says resources on the fire include eight engines, two dozers, one helicopter and three 20-person hand crews.  Two additional engines have been ordered and two single engine air tankers were utilized on the fire and will be available till Wednesday if needed. 

Ballard also says one firefighter sustained a heat related illness.

Fire officials say the winds shifted directions Monday causing the 2 1/2 Mile Fire to grow forcing officials to push back an estimated containment time.

Lynn Ballard, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management, said at one point firefighters hoped to have the fire surrounded at 8:00 p.m., Monday, but, as the fire grew, crews had to push back the deadline.

Ballard says, at this point, there is no time for containment.

One home had to be evacuated because of the flames but, so far, no structures have been lost to the blaze.

Ballard says three 20-person hand crews, two engines, one dozer and two helicopters are currently fighting the fire which is listed at 175 acres. Ballard did say he expects that number to grow. He also said two Single Engine Air Tankers have been requested to help fight back the flames.

Officials with the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office believe the 2 1/2 Mile fire was started by lightning.
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