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Pot Hole Fire burns nearly 70,000 acres south of Hammett

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 12:32:38-04

A fire south of Hammett that has burned nearly 70,000 acres has been contained.

Twin Falls BLM says the fire burned 69,940 acres and was burning about 14 miles south of Hammett near the Saylor Creek Range. The fire was contained Thursday morning at 9:00. The fire will likely be controlled by 6:00 Friday night.

Several agencies responded, with resources including 14 engines, three dozers, two water tenders, one camp crew, one type two hand crew, and ten overhead.

The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say the fire grew quickly, and a wind shift caused the fire to switch directions and push toward Horse Butte.

At this time, no structures were threatened.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.