A man watched the flames of Sugarloaf Fire burn near his house


EDEN, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Many Magic Valley residents could see the smoke coming west of Eden on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says they will have control of the Sugarloaf fire, which was at 5,000 acres at one point, at 8:00 p.m. Thursday,

Although the structures were not damaged, they were threatened.

“Coming from the city, you know, I was like…uh…I don’t know,” local resident Mike Bladen said. He says the flames spread about 400 yards from his residence.

He’s relieved to avoid any damage, but Wednesday night wasn’t the easiest.

He watched crews work until 10:00 p.m. to secure the perimeter and watched it himself until around 1:00 a.m.

“It’s kind of scary knowing it’s so close to home,” Bladen said. “It doesn’t take a long time for it to catch, so you don’t have a lot of time to take things out.”

The exact cause of the blaze that spans thousands of acres is something officials don’t yet know, but they believe it was man-made.

“A fire that’s fairly typical for the south-central Idaho grass fire, moving fast, gets very quick and goes out overnight,” said Ryan Berlin, fire information officer for the BLM.

Although the structures are safe, unfortunately some agricultural land has been lost.

Overall, with air and land means, the flames were suppressed.

“I appreciate the guys that were here, the hard work they were doing, everyone has their own opinion on what’s going on, but I appreciate that they were trying to make sure the structures were taken care of and appreciated the pilots who were throwing out the flame retardant as fast as they could,” Bladen said.

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