Breaking News Range fire burns at Idaho National Laboratory’s desert Site

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By The Staff

Firefighters from Idaho National Laboratory, the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies continue to fight a 170 square mile blaze at the lab’s desert site.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and Critical Infrastructure Test Range Complex (CITRC) will be closed again Thursday while crews work to repair damaged power lines.

Latest update:

· INL and the Bureau of Land Management have established a unified fire command.

· The fire is being fought on four fronts. Crews are focusing primarily on the north front between INL and State Highway 33 and the west front, which is still on the INL reservation.

· The fire has burned an estimated 109,000 acres (roughly 170 square miles) since it started Tuesday afternoon.

· Fire crews are using bulldozers to build containment lines along Interstate 15 on the east side of the fire and from INL’s Central Facilities Area (CFA) north on the west side of the fire.

· The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.

· Approximately 300 firefighters from INL and BLM are on scene.

· The Bureau of Land Management has dispatched 21 fire engines, a helicopter, five bulldozers, five air tankers and an air attack plane to fight the fire.

· INL has four bulldozers and seven fire engines on the scene.

· A very few INL structures have suffered only minimal damage.

· Essential MFC employees will receive direct notification from their management to report to work for the remainder of the week.

· Because the Materials & Fuels Complex will be closed for most employees for the rest of the week, managers should determine whether employees can accomplish work requirements from other locations.

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