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Wildfire ignites Jump Creek Canyon

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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 12:00 am

© 2012 Idaho Press-Tribune

A wildfire in the Jump Creek Canyon area southwest of Marsing charred about 1,400 acres and was continuing to burn Sunday evening.

About 120 firefighters, along with three helicopters and three single-engine air tankers, were called in to fight the blaze, which was expected to be under control Monday morning, according to Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Mallory Eils.

The fire apparently started about 11 p.m. Saturday, and quickly spread through the dry grass and brush, Eils said. No homes or other structures were threatened.

Hand crews worked alongside bulldozers to cut a line around the perimeter of the fire, while air crews dumped fire retardant, and the fire was mostly contained by Sunday morning.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

The Jump Creek Canyon fire is near Elephant Butte, where a wildfire burned in mid-June after being ignited by an “exploding target,” a device that blows up when hit by a bullet.

The Bureau of Land Management has responded to an unusually high number of wildfires this year because a lack of rain and snow has left grasses especially dry and fluffy.

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