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Over 133,000 acres burned in eastern Idaho

The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center has completed its preliminary review of the 2018 fire season to date.

All told, the center handled 140 fires last summer. 81 were human-caused and 59 were caused by lightning.

In total, the fires burned 133,152 acres.

The Pocatello Air Tanker Base reports pumping 2,968,881 gallons of fire retardant on 729 individual missions.

Statewide, Idaho suffered the fourth highest level of fire damage in the United States at 605,442 acres.

Within the eastern Idaho area, the largest and most dangerous fire of the year was, arguably, the Grassy Ridge Fire, which threatened Dubois, at 99,502 acres. The other large fires included Indian Butte, 13,072 acres; Red Road, 4,300 acres; Devil’s Hole, 5,000 acres; and the Rim Fire at 1,105 acres.

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