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Fire in Wood River Valley grows to more than 2,500 acres

This photo of the Martin Canyon Fire was taken Sunday.
This photo of the Martin Canyon Fire was taken Sunday.

The Martin Canyon Fire is burning just three miles from the Wood River Valley town of Bellevue — but it’s not currently threatening any structures in the area, according to the Twin Falls District BLM.

The fire is burning to the northeast in steep terrrain, away from the town of about 2,300. It was estimated to be about 2,500 acres Monday morning, and officials don’t have a projected containment or control date.

The cause of the fire was target shooting, BLM officials said.

The fire is burning in grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir and aspen. Uphill runs are occurring on the eastern flank of the fire, and aircraft will be used today to establish a fire line before thunderstorms hit the area.

It’s putting up a lot of smoke, as the National Weather Service noted over the weekend.

Here’s a list of closures due to the fire:

▪  Muldoon Canyon Road, from the entrance of EE-da-ho Ranch to Muldoon.

▪  Muldoon Canyon Road, from the Little Wood Reservoir Dam to Muldoon.

▪  Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping.

Four Twin Falls District BLM engines and two Sawtooth National Forest engines are working the fire. Other resources deployed: two dozers, one water tender, four Type 2 hand crews, four Type 1 hand crews and one camp crew.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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