I was shocked when I saw the photos yesterday of the fire that occurred near Blue Lakes Country Club in the snake river canyon. While devastating fires are all around us, I didn't expect to see flames in our backyard.

This fire was not caused by lighting and has been contained. According to magicvalley.com and Joe Robinette, "a guy was burning 75 to 100 railroad ties, which is illegal, and that got out of control,”.

A golf tournament was being held at Blue Lakes County Club when the fire began. Golfers continued to play until the flames became too close for them to play through.

The fire continued to spread deeper into the canyon. A BLM helicopter was brought to the scene to help contain the fire before it was completely put out around 6pm.