Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Soda Fire shuts down U.S. 95

A range fire burning in the Owyhee County spread to an estimated 30,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

Bureau of Land Management officials say the Soda Fire is burning in sage-grouse habitat parallel to U.S. 95. The highway is currently shut down between Jordan Valley, Ore., and the weigh station near mile marker 19 south of Marsing because of the fire.

The lightning-sparked fire started about a mile from the Oregon border northeast of Jordan Valley about three miles north of Cow Creek.

Crews with the Great Basin and Boise BLM are currently battling the fire with air and ground resources and assistance from Owyhee Rangeland Fire Protection Association and Vale BLM.

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