Car fire ignites larger blaze near Malad

MALAD — Firefighters are working to control a blaze that has spread to more than 133 acres near Malad Summit in Oneida County.

Several structures were originally threatened and some evacuations were activated in Oneida County. However, crews have been able to slow the progress of the blaze with air tankers and evacuations have been lifted.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the fire was 30% contained as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials say a van caught fire on the summit and pulled off Interstate 15 around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Malad Summit Fire quickly spread to dry grass and onto the mountain on the west side of the interstate. The interstate remains open.

Crews from Oneida County and Bannock County are fighting the blaze with five fire engines, a dozer, a water tender, one hand crew and a helicopter. Air tankers have been released to help with fires in other areas.

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