Firefighters have contained two wildfires that ignited near Pocatello this week and collectively scorched nearly 7,000 acres.
The first blaze erupted in the Ross Fork Area on the Fort Hall Reservation near Pocatello around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Ross Fork blaze scorched 6,391 acres by the time it was 100 percent contained Thursday, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire’s primary fuel sources were brush and high grass, the BLM said. Residents in the area of the Ross Fork fire were evacuated Tuesday and Wednesday as firefighters battled the blaze. Authorities believed firefighters controlled the blaze after battling it all Tuesday night, but it reignited Wednesday afternoon, resulting in additional evacuations.