At 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 10, updates on the state fire west of Portage were received. Fire Marshal Greg Martz said, “Portage is in trouble. There is possible evacuation but we have not done it yet. We are trying to put lines around the town right now, but it is touch and go.”
The acreage total was up to 10,500 but a few more acres have been burned as the day has progressed.
Emergency personnel from almost every area in the county have responded, as well as from Cache and Rich County. Idaho also has personnel on scene fighting the blaze. There are two helicopters and lots of aircraft.
Firefighters have been busy battling several fires in Box Elder County since Thursday, Aug. 7. One of the smaller fires is out while the other is mostly contained. However, the state fire has yet to be controlled and has burnt up about 10,500 acres.
The state fire, west of Portage near the Idaho border, has ripped halfway through the canyon and is running up to the state line into Idaho. An incident command post has been set up at Portage and many have been called to fight the blaze.
According to fire marshal Greg Martz most all of them (the fires) were caused by lightening. The state is also in a red flag warning due to extreme heat, high winds and low humidity.
“The wind has been terrible. They have been constant and heavy,” said Martz. “The humidity is low and the winds are not in our favor at all. It is about as bad of conditions we have had in a long time, which have made for big fires.”
The fire near Yost was just a small one, which started on Aug. 7, and was declared out on the 8.
The Lynn fire, which also started on Aug. 7, burnt up about 180 acres. Martz said, “Although it is not out it is looking really good.” The fire was mostly contained by Saturday afternoon.
Additional updates will be posted as they are made available.