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Jerome Jay fire

The U.S. BLM and Jerome Rural Fire Department respond to a brush fire Monday.

JEROME — Firefighters have contained a brush fire burning north of Interstate 84 between milepost 176 and exit 173.

Firefighters with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Jerome County Rural Fire Department contained the 355-acre “Jay” fire by 9 p.m. Monday, the BLM tweeted. They plan to control the blaze by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“It is the biggest fire we’ve had so far this season,” BLM spokeswoman Kelsey Brizendine said.

The human-caused wildfire presented some challenges for the firefighters, who needed six BLM engines, a bulldozer and one water tender to fight the blaze, Brizendine said.

“Yesterday we had a pretty decent breeze on it,” she said Tuesday. “That was really pushing the fire. Terrain was also pretty rocky, which was part of the reason they were having a bit of trouble getting around it.”

Substantial amounts of fuel in the area provided the fire with plenty of material to burn, she said. No structures were threatened.

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Larger fires could be on the way, Brizendine said.

“It’s only going to get hotter and drier.”

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