The fire that was threatening homes in Chubbuck on Friday no longer appeared to be a threat.
Fire crews have told us the fire started when three transformers blew out in a brush field behind homes on Treehouse Drive, but Idaho Power has not confirmed that, though the utility did say almost 3,000 customers in the area were without electricity. The outage was reported at 3:35 pm in an area along Tyhee south to Interstate 15, including the Walmart area.
The fire was going all the way to I-15, connecting with a fire that started there and was still blocking northbound traffic as of 4:45 p.m. The I-15 fire might be related to a crash.
The area was under a severe thunderstorm warning from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
A brush fire was getting close to homes near the intersection of Elizabeth and Garden. Police were blocking off streets near East Chubbuck Road, including that intersection.
The fires started at at about 4 p.m. At about 4:30, firefighters from Chubbuck, Pocatello and Fort Hall were putting out hotspots. Flames were no longer visible at 4:30. No homes were lost.
We have a crew there right now and are getting more information.