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Brush fires break out south of Twin Falls

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management fight multiple brush fires Tuesday, June 12, 2018, south of Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — Several fires that were sparked in the Magic Valley Tuesday have now been contained.

Fires in two separate areas were contained by 9 p.m. They were estimated at 75 acres south of Twin Falls, and 46 acres south of Bliss.

A few small fires started south of Twin Falls and were called in around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The fires were burning close to the road near Foothill Road and 3100 East.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office believes a vehicle towing a trailer threw sparks over the road and started the fires, but the Bureau of Land Management has confirmed only that the fires were human-caused.

Later that evening, another fire started 3 miles south of Bliss, on the south side of the Snake River. It was also human-caused.

“It was really close to the river,” Twin Falls District BLM spokeswoman Kelsey Brizendine said. “The investigators went out last night. We’re still waiting for their final report.”

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The Snake River Fire wasn't expected to be fully mopped up until around 11 p.m. Wednesday, the BLM estimated. The fires south of Twin Falls were estimated to be controlled by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Spring rains have increased the fuel load in south-central Idaho, Brizendine said. As the high temperature was expected to climb to 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon, that could further dry out vegetation.

“It’s getting warmer and it’s getting drier,” Brizendine said.

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