Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.
The Sheep Fire, burning on the property of the Idaho National Laboratory, has scorched more than 110,000 acres and is currently the largest wildfire in the lower 48 states. Officials say the fire no longer poses a threat to INL facilities but they still expect it to become the largest fire in INL history.
Using #MODIS Satellite imagery, the extent of the #SheepFire burned area can be clearly seen from space. Here's a before/after look at the burn scar, which shows the large area of land burned. The before image is from the day before the fire started. #idwx pic.twitter.com/3BYWxjocG8
— NWS Pocatello (@NWSPocatello) July 25, 2019
Boise State Public Radio News South Central Idaho reporter Rachel Cohen spoke with Morning Edition host George Prentice to update the firewatch at the INL and other wildfires currently burning in the region.
“Each one of our [INL] facilities has a fire break for protection for just this kind of situation. So, we don’t think it would have presented a serious threat to any of our facilities.”
Find reporter George Prentice on Twitter @georgepren
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