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Pocatello fire causes ISU Eames Complex to evacuate Monday

Pocatello fire evacuations underway sept 21
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POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 6:30p.m. Fire officials report approximately 115 acres burned near Interstate 15 Monday afternoon.

It's unknown how the fire began, but fire managers think it may have started along a road.

The fire came near the Idaho State University Eames complex, forcing the evacuation of buildings there. The fire also burned up to the fence line of Franklin Middle School and near On Semiconductor's property.

No was hurt in the fire and no building were damaged, they said.

The fire was quickly contained by 5 p.m. and was smoldering.

BLM and the Chubbuck Fire Department helped with the fire.


ORIGINAL: A wildland fire is burning east of Pocatello near Alvin Ricken Drive.

The Pocatello Fire Department reports crews are actively working the fire on Alvin Ricken between a Barton and East Terry.

The Chubbuck Fire Department and BLM are assisting.

Idaho State Police are assisting with traffic control northbound Interstate 15 near milepost 68.

Idaho State University is evacuating nearby buildings, including the Accelerator Center and the EAMES Complex.

The fire is also burning near the On Semiconductor facilities.

Pocatello Fire said no other evacuations are needed at this time.

The fire department asks people to avoid the area if possible.

There were no reports of injuries as of 5 p.m.

A fence on the west side of the Eames Complex was the only University property damaged by the fire, and that damage was minor.

Fire crews will remain on the scene Monday evening to monitor hot spots in the area.

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