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Wildfire forces evacuation, closure of Bruneau Dunes State Park

UPDATE: Around 3:45 this afternoon Mountain time, the park posted this reopening announcement on Facebook: “We have received word from BLM that we can reopen the park. No campgrounds, cabins or main public areas have burned, so feel free to come enjoy the park!”

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire burning in southwestern Idaho has grown to about 62.5 square miles overnight, forcing the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park Sunday night and part of Monday. Kelsey Brizendine, fire information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said Monday that the blaze is expected to grow due to the extremely dry and windy conditions surrounding the area. Extra resources, including air support, have been requested. Nine engines, two dozers and two water tenders are already on scene. Officials suspect lightning may have caused the fire on Sunday just southeast of Bruneau. The Owyhee County sheriff's office evacuated the park Sunday evening. No buildings had burned late Monday morning, but Brizendine said some structures are threatened by the blaze.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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