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Evacuations Cancelled In American Falls Garden Fire

Evacuees of a wildfire sparked overnight near American Falls are now being let back into their homes but are warned to be prepared, the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center confirmed.

The fire is about four miles east of American Falls and as of Monday morning it had burned more than 1,750 acres, EIIFC said. It is being called the Garden Fire.

There is still no estimate on containment or control, fire officials said.

Crews have been able make an indirect line all the way around the fire which is now 25 percent contained, BLM’s Sarah Wheeler said. It started around 3 a.m. Sunday and Wheeler said it looks as if it was started by lightning. There is a lot of juniper in the area, so the fire has a significant amount of fuel.

A helicopter has been brought in to assist in the battle. The fire is concentrated at the top of a hill.

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