Crews knock down sagebrush near Murphy

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jun 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 12:40:42-04

MURPHY, Idaho (AP) -- A wildfire burning in grass and sagebrush has scorched about 180 acres in southwest Idaho but is expected to be controlled Monday afternoon.

Fire spokesman Rob Hansen of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says crews responded just before 1 p.m. Sunday to a fire about 15 miles southeast of Murphy.

He says a small air tanker, four engines and two bulldozers participated in getting the fire contained by 10 p.m. Sunday.

Hansen says the fire had the potential to burn a wide area, but quick response by the Grand View Fire Department and then BLM crews helped contain it.

Hansen says there have been multiple starts in the last three days with brush and grass becoming more likely to catch fire with recent above normal temperatures