Crews have been restoring fire line back to a more natural condition. Without rehabilitation efforts, the loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion, increasing runoff and causing potential flash flooding. Sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs, putting community water supplies and endangered species at risk.
The Minidoka Complex is 55% contained and nearly 97,616 acres and encompasses four fires, Cave Canyon, Deer Hollow, Hot Well and Eightmile.
Cave Canyon: 88,909 acres – 60% Contained. Firefighters have managed to hold the existing perimeter around the north, east and south areas of the Cave Canyon fire. Firefighters have begun mopping up 200 feet in, around the entire boundary of the fire.
Deer Hollow: 5,440 acres – 35% contained. Crews continue to hold and improve the perimeter of the fire. Heavy fuels are burning close to the perimeter on the east side, presenting a challenge for firefighters to extinguish. Additional crews from the Cave Canyon Fire will be arriving today to offer assistance.
Hot Well: 3,056 acres – 80% contained. Crews and engines will reinforce containment lines and continue mopping up any hot spots.
Eightmile: 211 acres – 100% contained. The fire is being monitoring and rehabilitation efforts are under way.
Rock Creek Road is closed at the Forest Boundary. Area closures are also in effect for the fires on the Cassia and Black Pine divisions of the Sawtooth National Forest. Please see the official closure orders and maps on the Sawtooth National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth or call the Minidoka Ranger District office at 208-678-0430.