Operations curtailed Wednesday at most INL Site facilities

INL News Release

Operations curtailed Wednesday at most INL Site facilities; Joint Information Center standing down for night


As a result of the Sheep Fire, operations for non-essential staff have been curtailed for all Idaho National Laboratory Site facilities except the Specific Manufacturing Capability and the Radioactive Waste Management Complex for Wednesday, July 24. Employees should watch for lab communications about other potential curtailments to Site facilities.

New information:

  • The Joint Information Center will stand down at 10:30 p.m. It will reconvene at 7 a.m., Wednesday, July 24.

Information previously reported:

  • Monitoring for air quality is ongoing at all Site facilities.
  • Routine radiological monitoring at all Site locations is consistent with normal background levels.
  • Fire officials estimate more than 90,000 acres have burned. Bureau of Land Management and INL fire crews supported by other collaborating municipalities are working together to fight the fire.
  • Site operations will be curtailed for non-essential staff Wednesday at all Site facilities except for the Specific Manufacturing Capability and the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.
  • No injuries have resulted from the fire.
  • The Sheep Fire began following a lightning strike at approximately 6:30 p.m. on July 22, 2019.
  • All non-essential employees were evacuated Tuesday from several Site facilities: Central Facilities Area, Advanced Test Reactor Complex, Naval Reactors Facility, EBR-1, Integrated Waste Treatment Unit, Radioactive Waste Management Complex, Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project and Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center.
  • The Sheep Fire was named because it started near a dirt access road called Sheep Road.
  • Highway 20 and Highway 26 are currently open in all directions.
  • Watch a video from this afternoon’s Sheep Fire news conference on INL’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/g9N5Djf1gis.

Please note that INL is the only source of verified information about this event. Information reported by unofficial sources may be incomplete or inaccurate.