ARCO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.: The Idaho National Laboratory reports the Lost River fire has been fully contained at 910 acres. Its emergency operations center response has been terminated.
BLM and INL fire crews will continue to monitor the fire until it is fully extinguished.
UPDATE 10:00 a.m: The Idaho National Laboratory reports INL and BLM fire crews are reporting the fire is now about 50% contained, with full containment expected Thursday night.
It is located southwest of U.S. 26 near mile marker 259, adjacent to the rest stop, and roughly one mile northeast of the Department of Energy’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
All facilities are currently operating normally and there is a large fire buffer around all INL facilities.
Bureau of Land Management and Idaho National Laboratory firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a fire that started on INL ground overnight.
The “Lost River” fire started shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday east of Arco.
BLM says it has stopped forward progress of the fire and completing fire lines around the burned area.
They estimated the fire had burned about 1,000 acres.
The INL reports it has activated its Emergency Operations Center and is responding to investigate the incident.