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Deadwood Fire estimated at 45 acres

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE: Madison Fire Department responded to a report of a registered controlled burn that had gotten out of control in the area of 4225 W. 1000 N., in the Hibbard area of Rexburg Thursday around 4:30 p.m.

The responsible party requested assistance after the afternoon prevailing winds picked up and caused the fire to spread out of control.

Upon arrival, Madison Fire Department requested assistance from neighboring counties due to the very dense brush and undergrowth and to assist with structure protection.

The fire has been named the Deadwood Fire and is approximately 45 acres at this time. There were eight homes being threatened, but currently no structures have been damaged.

Madison Fire Department sent four engines, two tenders, one ambulance, and three command vehicles. Central Fire District sent five engines; Idaho Falls Fire Department sent one engine; Bonneville County Fire District #1—Ammon Division sent one engine; Ucon Fire Department sent one engine; Teton County Fire District sent two engines; Swan Valley (Bonneville County Fire District #2) sent one engine, one tender, and one command vehicle; INL Fire Department sent one engine and one command vehicle; and BLM sent two engines and two command vehicles.

Deputies from Madison County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance. There are currently 54 personnel on the fire. Many of the assisting agencies were helping with structure protection, but all agencies are now working on fire suppression.

At this time there is some containment on the east line of the fire, and some containment at the head of the fire. Full containment of the fire is not expected for at least five more days.

“We are very grateful for the quick response from our neighboring counties and agencies, and have also had great cooperation from the public,” Madison Fire Department Chief Corey Child said. “It is unfortunate that this fire started from a controlled burn. We hope that those burning this spring will use every precaution to keep their fires contained in order to avoid this type of incident happening.”

No firefighters have been injured.

UPDATE: Local firefighters from across the area are getting a handle on the Deadwood Fire in Madison County.

Officials say 46 acres have burned.

Some structures were threatened near the Teton Lakes Golf Course west of Rexburg.

One person told us they lost some trail cams and tree stands, but firefighters are making sure homeowners are safe.

"We don't have any thought of evacuation right now," Madison Fire Department Chief Corey Child said. "We do have multiple other agencies assisting us. We have about 15 engines on scene. And we have engines at each of the homes to protect the homes if fire was to come towards the homes."

Officials say this fire started as a controlled burn, and because dispatch knew about it, they were able to respond quickly when they learned it was out of control.

ORIGINAL: Several fire agencies are working together to protect structures at the Teton Lakes Golf Course from a brush fire.

Members from Madison Fire, Central Fire, Idaho Falls Fire, Ammon Fire and Ucon Fire are all there.

It is reported to have started as a control burn that spread out of control.

Madison Fire tells us multiple structures are now threatened.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information is released.

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Braydon Wilson

Braydon is a reporter for Local News 8 and Eyewitness News 3.


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