A lightning-sparked wildfire north of Huntington crossed control lines Monday night and has burned an estimated 426 acres and could threaten structures along Hibbard Creek.
The Pole fire was reported Monday afternoon, according to the BLM's Vale District. It's in the Pole Gulch area just north of Morgan Creek, about two miles west of Brownlee Reservoir. Hibbard Creek is the next major drainage north of Morgan Creek.
As of 3 p.m., the BLM was reporting that the fire was 40% contained
The fire burned actively through overnight and into Tuesday afternoon, said Al Crouch of the BLM's Vale District. The fire started as two separate blazes, both started by lightning early Monday. The fire is burning in grass and brush, and the steep terrain and shifting winds are challenging fire crews, Crouch said. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is assigned to the fire. The campground portion of BLM's Spring Recreation Site, on Brownlee Reservoir near Huntington, is closed as firefighters are utilizing this as a base of operations. The day use parking lot and boat ramp are still open to the public.
Resources working on the fire include 5 crews, 9 engines, 2 bulldozers, 2 helicopters and multiple fixed-wing planes to drop retardant.
Another lightning fire, on Gold Hill near Durkee, has burned about 2 acres. It's 15% contained.