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Malad Summit Fire now fully contained

UPDATE: 9-5 9:09 am

The Malad Summit fire was declared 100% contained at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fire was mapped at 133 acres.

Crews will remain on the fire until it is fully controlled.


UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: The Malad Summit Fire has been mapped at 133 acres and 70% contained.

There are some remaining hot spots within the fire’s perimeter that firefighters are extinguishing.

Full containment is expected Wednesday at 10 p.m.


UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center reports the Malad Summit fire is estimated at 133 acres and was 45% contained Wednesday morning.

Firefighters are working to secure containment lines. The fire is continuing to smolder around juniper trees. Full containment is forecast for 10 p.m. Wednesday.

There are 5 engines, one dozer, one water tender, one hand crew and a helicopter assigned to the fire. Another hand crew will arrive later today.

No structures are threatened and there are no evacuations or closures.


UPDATE 9/4/19 8:15 a.m.: Idaho State Police say the Malad Summit fire Tuesday was caused by a one-car rollover near milepost 25 on Interstate 15.

Erika R. Larkin, 21, of Nibley, Utah was southbound on I-15 in a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette, when her car went off the right shoulder and rolled. After she left the car, the vehicle caught fire.

The fire caught the surrounding field on fire. Larkin was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center.

Firefighters from Downey, McCammon, Oneida, Arimo, BLM, and the U.S. Forest Service were all called in to help suppress the fire.

Original Story:

Firefighters are working to control a fire burning near Malad Summit on the west side of Interstate 15.The fire has burned at least 133 acres.

Firefighters say they have made excellent progress, halting the fire’s forward progress. Structures are no longer threatened and evacuations are being lifted.

Officials said the fire started after a crash off the interstate around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The fire from the car quickly spread to dry grass and onto the mountain.

One dozer, five engines, a very large air tanker and one water tender are en-route to the fire.

Containment is estimated for Wednesday at 10 p.m.

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