DOE News Release – Wildland fire status
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Time: 4:30 a.m.


Wildland fire status at 4:30 a.m. July 19 – Materials and Fuels Complex closed Thursday for day-shift workers

Idaho National Laboratory officials have decided day-shift workers at the Materials and Fuels Complex on the desert Site should not report to work Thursday. Highway 20 remains closed to traffic from the eastern Site boundary to the junction of Highways 20 and 26 because of smoke from a rangeland fire that has grown to about 4,000 acres during the night. The fire is not threatening any INL facilities.

Other INL Site facilities will operate normal schedules Thursday, however, employees should call the INL bus hotline toll-free at 1-877-424-4635 for a recorded message on current bus operations.

The Materials and Fuels Complex is about 38 miles west of Idaho Falls and has facilities for remotely handling, processing and examining spent nuclear fuel, irradiated materials and radioactive wastes as well as for assembling power systems for space exploration vehicles. The Complex has about 700 employees. Essential workers have remained at the facility throughout the night and will continue to staff it Thursday.

Fire fighters from INL, Shelley and Blackfoot continued to battle the range fire through the night. Bureau of Land Management crews are expected to rejoin the fire fighting effort early Thursday morning.

Media should call (208) 526-9206, not your regular INL contacts. Employees and the public can call (208) 526-5042.


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