July 29, 2012 in Idaho

Crews fighting three new wildfires

Associated Press

POCATELLO – Fire crews in southeastern Idaho on Saturday battled three wildfires on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Fire spokeswoman Randy’L Teton said evacuated residents are being allowed to return home. It was unclear how many homes were evacuated Friday.

The lightning-caused fires that started Friday are the 900-acre Stephens Flat fire, the 1,200-acre Ridge Top fire and the 300-acre East fire.

The Fort Hall Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies are fighting the fires that have knocked out power to some residents.

Meanwhile, the 3-square-mile Chandral Creek fire south of Darby, Mont., along the Idaho-Montana border is about 60 percent contained. About 391 personnel are battling the blaze burning beetle-killed lodgepole pine in rugged terrain.

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