BROGAN — The Amelia Road Fire, which started Thursday afternoon reached an estimated 2,000 acres in just a matter of hours, fueled by winds. However, firefighters were able to knock down the spread by nightfall.
In an interview this morning, Al Crouch, fire mitigation specialist with Vale BLM, said crews had achieved 30% containment on Amelia Butte and “pretty much stopped the forward progress of the fire,” as of 9 p.m. Thursday.
Ground resources worked overnight to try to get around the fire. Extra engines were deployed to assist and there were multiple dozers working to establish mechanical lines around the majority of the fire, Crouch said. The Bureau of Land Management had dozers from Vale and Boise, as well as a contract dozer, and several Rural Fire Protection Agencies also had dozers.
“They were working on getting a two-blade wide line around the majority of the fire,” Crouch said.