TWIN FALLS • With 15 wildfires burning throughout nine western states, the National Interagency Fire Center is sending Idaho firefighters to help control the flames.
So far, the agency sent firefighters and equipment from the Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management, Sawtooth National Forest, and local city fire departments.
Twin Falls BLM sent three engines to assist with fires in Utah and an individual to provide public information assistance. The BLM also sent crews to Little Bear in New Mexico – currently the nation’s third largest wildfire – to conduct operations on the 36,000 fire.
The BLM sent Helitack support to Alaska and Colorado to assist with Single Engine Air Tanker operations.
The Sawtooth National Forest has seven firefighters and four engines spread out in Nevada, Utah and Colorado. A Hot Shot Crew was sent in to help with the Lost Lake fire in Utah but has been released from duty.
Fire departments from Sun Valley, Rock Creek and Minidoka have been dispatched to Wyoming to protect structures from the Guernsey State Park fire.
While south-central Idaho dispatchers continue to receive calls requesting resources, local fire crews remain ready to help with national efforts but are still prepared to fight fire locally, said Kyli Gough, spokeswoman for the BLM.