Jessica Dansie Montgomery Mecham shared this photo of a helicopter battling one of the Bingham County fires this weekend.
Those in and around Bingham County should be able to breathe a bit easier as fires burning east of Blackfoot on the Fort Hall Reservation are close to full containment.
Jason Fallon, information specialist for Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District, said the Steven Peak fire, which scorched 850 acres is 100 percent contained. The larger Ridge Top fire (combined with the East Fire) has blackened 16,630 acres and is at 55 percent containment.
"We still have fire crews, engines, tankers and helicopters on hand and there are still some road closures in the area," Fallon said. "A total of 197 personnel responded to the fires."
The fires, which started Friday afternoon as the result of lightning strikes, caused the evacuation of seven homes in the area, but evacuees were allowed back home by Saturday morning. No buildings or structures were damaged.