UPDATE: Sawtelle Peak Fire 0% contained


The Sawtell Peak Fire is burning 16 acres, the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center says.

“Fire behavior is smoldering, creeping, spotting and isolated torching,” according to a news release sent on Wednesday evening.

Two crews, two helicopters, two single-engine air tankers, and three engines are fighting the fire. Four large air tankers and two scoopers are on order.

The fire is 0% contained, and firefighters don’t have an estimate for when it will be contained. It is threatening “communication sites.”

ORIGINAL STORY (published 3:56 pm Wednesday)

ISLAND PARK – Firefighters are battling a 15-acre blaze south of Sawtelle Peak in Island Park.

Jon Carnill, a spokesman for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, tells EastIdahoNews.com the fire started around 2 pm and is burning trees and brush in the area.

They haven’t determined a cause yet.

Carnill isn’t sure if there are any buildings at risk, but no one has been injured.

It’s unclear when the fire will be contained.

Multiple resources are being used to combat the fire, including two engines, a type 3 helicopter and a ground crew.

EastIdahoNews.com will provide updates as they become available.

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Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

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A view of the flames as seen from binoculars. | Courtesy photo

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Roger Merrill

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Just north of the Stonegate subdivision in Island Park. | Roger Merrill

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