Storm ignites range fire north of Vale

BLM and rangeland fire protection association crews responded to a lightning-sparked fire 14 miles north of Vale Sunday night. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – A 63-acre wildfire 14 miles north of Vale in the Alkali Flat area is smoldering but under control, the BLM said Monday morning.

The BLM deployed one bulldozer and three engines to the lightning-sparked blaze while the Vale Rangeland Fire Protection Association also dispatched an engine.

While there have been several small fires across the region in the past month, the Alkali Flat blaze is the first one sparked by lightning, said Al Crouch, fire mitigation and education specialist for the Vale District of the BLM.

“The other two (fires) were human caused,” said Crouch.

Those were near Rome and Jordan Valley.

Crouch said he expects the Alkali Flat fire to be fully contained by noon today.

“They are finishing their mop up,” said Crouch.

No structures are threatened by the blaze.