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IDL Responds to Saturday Morning Fire Between Big Sand Creek and Palouse River

DEARY – At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Idaho Department of Lands crews responded to a fire on US Forest Service land, between Big Sand Creek and the Palouse River. The fire, which is highly visible from Laird Park and Palouse, has garnered much interest from the public. The Graves Fire is located near the fire scar from last year’s Sand Fire and is estimated to be about 2 acres in size.

Two IDL engines and two 10-person IDL crews are currently on the scene, as well as a Type 2 helicopter.

Investigators found the strike tree, confirming lightning to be the cause of the fire. The Graves Fire was spotted from the Chelsey Fire by Incident Commander Mike McManus last night. Firefighter crews located the fire early this morning.

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