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Ross Fork Fire estimated at 1,000 acres

BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 8:10 p.m. The Incident Commander for the Ross Fork Fire has given permission for residents who live in the Ross Fork area to return to their homes.

Emergency responders are still working at mitigating the fire and will continue mitigating the fire late through the night.

Emergency responders are asking people to please be considerate and to not congest the roadways leading to Ross Fork.

The congestion leads to hazards that put citizens and emergency personnel who are using the road at risk.

The Ross Fork Fire started August 9 at around 5:30 pm. The fire continued burning through the night and into the morning. It was reported there was a shed that burned, this was the only building that had caught on fire.

The burned acres estimate is considered to be at least 1,000 acres. A more accurate number will be available in the next couple of days.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal leaders and Emergency Personnel would like to thank the assistance from outside agencies helping to mitigate the fire. First responders also would like to thank the community for being cooperative by avoiding the burned area and letting Responders continue to work on putting out the fire.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m. The Fort Hall Fire Department has started evacuations again.

The fire has started to increase in size and moving toward Ross Fork Creek Road.

The EOC is currently in the process of requesting outside entities from the state to assist.

UPDATE 8/10/22: The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes report the Ross Fork fire has burned roughly 2,500 acres.

Officials say the fire is controlled, and multiple agencies assisted.

No structures were lost, and no injuries were reported.

Residents were evacuated and currently are being housed at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel.

Officials say hopefully residents can return to their homes around noon.

The EOC will continue to provide updates when available.

ORIGINAL: Several fire agencies are working on a new fire Tuesday night burning northeast of Pocatello.

It's called the Ross Fork fire.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's fire map, it was first reported at 5:47 PM.

It's burning on the Fort Hall Reservation.

The National Weather Service Pocatello said on their twitter page the fire was listed at 100 acres.

Our Linda Larsen was on the scene and at this time it doesn't appear any structures or buildings are threatened.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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