The Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management had a successful strategy against a fire in the desert 17 miles west of Blackfoot on Wednesday and Thursday.
ROCKFORD â€” The Taber fire burned 910 acres before it was contained at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The fire was reported at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. It burned primarily in cheatgrass and sagebrush in the desert and lava beds west of 1900 West and 300 North, approximately 4 miles south of Taber and 17 miles west of Blackfoot.
The Bureau of Land Management sent four heavy engines, one light engine, two single engine air tankers, one hand crew, one helicopter and a bulldozer to the fire. They were assisted by the Blackfoot Fire Department.
BLM fire crews battled the fire through the night Tuesdayâ€”at 6:30 p.m. it had burned an estimated 295 acres; by 8 p.m. it had grown to 688 acres. Final estimates from the BLM put the total acreage burned at 910 acres.
Some crews remained on scene Wednesday mopping up hot spots.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.