While the Cave Canyon Fire had steady growth to the north throughout the night, early morning winds caused a more significant push up Buckhorn Canyon around 5:30 a.m. Fire crews are providing structure protection for the Buckhorn Ranch. The fire has spread to BLM lands north of Cassia Division of the Sawtooth National Forest.
Plans for today include moving resources from the southeast corner of the fire to reinforce resources on the north portion where the fire is most active. Managers have requested aerial retardant drops for this morning. Resources from the Eightmile Fire will join the fire crews on the Deer Hollow Fire today as well. A spike camp will be established in Malta to support firefighters on the Black Pine Division. The Minidoka Complex will assume management of the 3,000-acre Hot Well Fire burning eight miles east of Burley, Idaho, on BLM lands tomorrow after working with the current incident management structure today.
Weather conditions are predicted to be much the same as Wednesday, with temperatures in the 90s and relative humidities in the low teens, and a slight chance of thunderstorms that could produce gusty winds and dry lightning.
Additional information on the Cave Canyon Fire is available at http://inciweb.org/incident/3111/ and the Minidoka Complex at http://inciweb.org/incident/3116/.
An area closures is in place for the Cave Canyon Fire in the Cassia Division and both fires on the Black Pine Division. 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.