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8 a.m. UPDATE: The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reports that U.S. 26/93 is reopened after the Preacher Fire jumped the highway near milepost 192.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey notes that Idaho Power has a planned outage today that will affect Carey, Bellevue, Picabo and Richfield. This outage will occur between 9 to 9:15 a.m. It should not affect Hailey, Ketchum or Sun Valley.


CAREY • The Preacher Fire, which grew to more than 31,000 acres, has again forced the closure of U.S. 93/26 between Carey and Richfield Tuesday night.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page that officials fear the quickly moving fire could jump the highway. The wind has shifted in the fire area, the sheriff's office reported.

Picabo Cut Off Road is also closed at U.S. 93.

"Please maintain situational awareness and leave immediately if you are in danger," the post says.

Tuesday evening, the Bureau of Land Management said the estimated containment time for the fire was 10 p.m. Friday and the estimated control time was July 19.

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A 30-acre fire ignited about seven miles from the City of Rocks National Reserve campground Tuesday afternoon.

That fire, called the Black Sands fire, was ignited by lightning about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. By about 8 p.m. crews had stopped the progression of the fire and were mopping up as they built a containment line.

The fire is burning in juniper, sagebrush, and grasses. Estimated control time is 6 p.m. Friday and containment is estimated on July 19.

Five engines, a helicopter and a dozer are working the fire. No structures are threatened.

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