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Fires burn near I-15

Two fires are burning on Interstate 15 between Fort Hall and Blackfoot.

The fires are burning between mileposts 83 and 85. According to a news release from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the blazes started in four places — near mileposts 85, halfway between 85 and 84, 84 and 83.

The first fire was started by a blown tire at milepost 85.

The fire jumped into the neighboring stubble field and was threatening structures of Nonpareil Farms and nearby fields. A shed was saved, although the fire is burning in what appeared to be lumber or railroad ties nearby.

Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Pocatello and Chubbuck fire departments are on the scene, as well as East Idaho Fire, Idaho Power, Fort Hall Police, Idaho Transportation Department and Fort Hall Fish and Game.

The priority is to contain the fire so it does not get into wildland areas, the tribes said.

A noninjury crash near milepost 83 had caused some road blockage in both lanes of travel, but the Idaho State Police said it was clear by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Otherwise, traffic has been moving on the highway, though northbound drivers should be prepared to slow down.

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