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Antelope Fire burning southwest of Grandview

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 17:37:24-04

GRANDVIEW, Idaho — UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): The Antelope Fire was contained at 12 p.m. today and is estimated to be around 2,000 acres. The fire behavior is now described as creeping and smoldering.

Five engines, two dozers, one water tender, two hand crews and two helicopters are working on the fire. Around 50 personnel are working the fire.

No evacuations were ordered, but the Perjue Trail will remain closed until the Antelope Fire is controlled. Control is expected Friday at 8 p.m.

UPDATE: The Antelope fire grew to around 2,000 acres and was actively burning at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The fire was being driven by shifting winds and steep topography, but there is no threat to structures and no evacuations were ordered.

The Perjue Trail has been closed due to fire activity and will remain closed for the duration of the wildfire. Control is estimated at 8 p.m. on Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are currently fighting the Antelope Fire, located 16 miles southwest of Grandview. The fire was caused by lightning and is currently around 450 acres in size.

The Antelope Fire is actively burning to the north, away from Little Jack's Creek Wilderness and there is no immediate threat to structures. It is burning in grass, brush and juniper and is zero percent contained, according to a news release from the BLM.

Around 20 people are working on the fire, with four engines, one dozer, one water tender and multiple aircraft helping. The Perjue Trailhead, which is south of the fire on Mud Flat Road, is closed due to fire activity in the area.

Fire crews will continue to build a fireline along the perimeter and work towards full containment ahead of the predicted change in weather patterns. Containment is estimated for 11 a.m. on Thursday and control at 8 p.m. on Friday.

A Red Flag Warning is set to start at noon and last until Thursday afternoon for high temperatures, low relative humidity and the potential for winds over 50 MPH near thunderstorms.