IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Sheep Fire reached 113,000 acres, but Idaho National Laboratory facilities will go back to normal operations on Thursday.
The fire burning on the Idaho National Laboratory site in southeastern Idaho exploded in size Tuesday, growing to 90,000 acres in less than 24 hours.
Now at 113,000 acres, INL and Bureau of Land Management fire crews have made significant progress towards containing the fire.
The Sheep Fire curtailed most operations at the state’s nuclear research facility again Wednesday, a spokeswoman confirmed late Tuesday.
The fire no longer poses a threat to key INL research facilities.
Work was curtailed for non-essential employees at facilities throughout the Idaho National Laboratory Site Wednesday as firefighters worked to contain the Sheep Fire. The work curtailment was a cautionary measure as the fire posed no immediate threat to key research facilities.
Smoke plume on the #SheepFire as shown from Telegraph Hill ITD site today. #idfire pic.twitter.com/XKQTh8Sa5B
— NWS Pocatello (@NWSPocatello) July 24, 2019
Watch a video from this afternoon’s Sheep Fire news conference on INL’s YouTube channel: