Highway 93 reopens after rapid wildfire advances towards motorist

 Wednesday, September 7, 2022 


Highway-93 is now reopened, after a fast-moving wildfire came dangerously close to motorist travelling along it, forcing part of the highway to be shut down Tuesday afternoon.

Around 11am, plumes of smoke were noticed on the north-side of the Perrine Bridge in Jerome County near mile marker 177.

The wildfire, known as the Power Line Fire, quickly grew to 1,400 acres, and forced part of North and South bound lanes on Highway 93 from the Perrine Bridge to the interchange to be shut down a little after noon.

Traffic was redirected to Gulf Course Road and Hansen Bridge while the portion of the highway was shutdown. Idaho State Police reopened the highway around 1:30 pm.

Bureau of Land Management, Jerome Rural Fire and City Fire, as well as, Rock Creek Fire responded to the incident.

There are no reports of injuries or structures being damaged, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

KMVT will have more on this story once more information is released from BLM officials.

Highway 93 from the Perrine Bridge to the Interchange is closed for public safety due to the Power Line Fire. The fire is located 1 mile east of Twin Falls.

I84 is also impacted, but remains open. Idaho State Police is directing traffic near MM 177 to an alternate route.

Fire is est. at 1,200 acres and running. Within an hour the fire spread from 30 acres to more than 1,000.

Jerome Rural Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management are on scene. Multiple aircrafts have also been dispatched.

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