By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
ARBON VALLEY — The Powerline Fire started around 8:30 p.m. August 4 in Arbon Valley.
The fire is on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and jumped the Arbon Valley Highway several times. Fire managers estimated August 5 it was 30,000 acres in size. It’s human caused and under investigation.
Firefighters worked diligently throughout the Friday night to protect several structures threatened by the fire but despite their efforts six outbuildings were consumed by flames. Approximately five homes were threatened with the immediate vicinity of the fire. No closures are in place. Firefighters were working in extreme fire conditions with 35 to 40 foot flame lengths.
Multiple firefighting resources were assisting in the containment. At the time there were 15 engines, 6 water tenders, four dozers, two handcrews on scene with additional air support from three single air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers and one very large air tanker. Additional resources have been ordered.
A Brook Chadwick’s Type II Great Basin Incident Command Team was activated and took command Sunday at noon.