Fires

Celebration Fire near Melba expected to be fully controlled by Tuesday night

Crews expect to have the fire near Celebration Park fully controlled by 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management confirmed Monday.

Five fire engines and fire commanders from different divisions planned to monitor the area overnight Monday and through Tuesday.

The fire was described this weekend as covering 7,100 acres, but the BLM revised that to 6,908 Monday after the area was mapped from the air.

The fire was contained by 9 p.m. Sunday after the efforts of 11 engines, two helicopters, four bulldozers, four single engine air tankers, one air attack aerial platform, one water tender, one hot shot crew and about 65 firefighters. The blaze was at about 700 acres Saturday night, and spread quickly when the wind shifted, according to Carrie Bilbao, spokeswoman for BLM.

"It was kind of going everywhere," she said.

Crews even considered evacuating a nearby residential area, but they were able to keep the blaze from threatening any structures, Bilbao said.

The fire was determined to be human-caused, but is still under investigation, according to a BLM press release.

Three other fires sparked in the area over the weekend. The Deep Fire was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday off Deep Canyon Road east of Highway 16. It scorched 37 acres, and was controlled by 8 p.m. Saturday night. It started on private property and was human-caused, according to the release.

The Hopper Fire burned about 600 acres north of Midvale and was started by lightning. Payette National Forest managed the blaze, but resources are being released since there wasn't much fire activity by Sunday evening, according to the release.

The Mayfield Fire burned about 74 acres near Mayfield before being contained 1 p.m. Sunday. It was caused by lightning and started around 9 p.m. Saturday night, according to the release.

Campers should be careful with fire since grass is drying out, the BLM warned in the release.

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