Western wildfires

Two wildfires were brought under control during the weekend in eastern Idaho.

Crews contained one sizable range fire in eastern Idaho over the weekend and made substantial progress against another, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported.

The fires burned nearly 18,000 acres combined. Neither threatened structures.

The impact on grazing allotments is not yet known, said Jared Fisher, fire information officer with the BLM-USDA Forest Service fire center in Idaho Falls.

The 9,446-acre Horse Butte Fire was about 80% contained about 17 miles northwest of Aberdeen early July 8, BLM said in a news release. The agency expected the creeping, smoldering fire to be controlled July 9. Lightning started it around 5:30 p.m. July 6 in grass and brush, on terrain that is mostly flat with some rolling hills.

The 8,272-acre Lake Channel Fire was fully contained at 9 p.m. July 7, about seven miles north of Raft River. BLM said containment lines held that day despite winds. Lightning started the fire around 3 p.m. July 6 in grass and brush, on terrain that is mostly flat with some rolling hills.

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