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Dozer Transport Truck Burns In Salt Fire

Firefighters say the Salt Fire, burning 16 miles southwest of Salmon, burned a dozer transport truck Monday.

The truck is used to move bulldozers and was on the east side of the fire when it was burned. No firefighters were injured.

“We heard that one firefighter did pull out his fire shelter,” Bob Sommer, the incident commander said. “But, we understand that a safety officer took the firefighter to the safety zone.”

The fire also made a three-mile run Monday.

The fire was estimated to be 5 percent contained with 1,635 acres burned earlier Monday, but fire officials will assess the new acreage on Tuesday.

There are 297 firefighters and support workers trying to contain the blaze. They have three helicopters, 10 engines, eight water tenders and six bulldozers.

A lightning strike started the fire August 25. It’s burning in an area of the Salmon-Challis National Forest with many dead standing and fallen trees, which were killed by beetle infestation.

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