Cave Canyon fire is 57% Contained
Good progress was made today on the west side of the Cave Canyon fire. Dozers and crews from both the north and south worked toward each other burning out to secure the line. Aerial drops from specially designed water tankers that can scoop from lakes supported the operation from above. The latest acreage is 80,012.
For tomorrow, crews hope to complete the burn out along the west side of the fire to establish and improve control lines. To the north, east and south, crews will continue to hold and improve existing lines.
Deer Hollow Fire: The fire remains active on the northwest corner where it is burning through heavy timber. The fire was mapped today at 6,267 acres, although most of the 2,240 acre-growth occurred Thursday night and Friday morning. Crews work diligently to establish and improve control lines on the north side. The Deer Hollow Fire is 35% contained.
Hot Well Fire: Hand crews are establishing containment on uncontrolled portions and are continuing to extinguish any hotspots along the edge of the fire line. The fire is holding at 3,056 acres and is 40 percent contained.
Additional information for all fires on the Minidoka Complex is at http://inciweb.org/incident/3116/.
Rock Creek Canyon closed on the Cave Canyon Fire – All National Forest System (NFS) lands within the following boundary. Beginning at the junction of the Rock Creek Road (County Road G3/NFS Road #515) and the Forest Boundary located in Township 12 south Range 19 east section 31 then southerly along and including all NFS Lands 500 feet west of the Rock Creek Road approximately 14 miles to the junction with Forest Road #538 then continuing southerly and easterly to the junction with Forest Road #538A including all NFS lands 500 feet west and south of Forest Road #538 the continuing east along Forest Road #538A to the junction with Forest Road #538 including all NFS Lands 500 feet west of Road #538A then along Forest Road #538 to the junction with Forest Road #533 including Forest Road #538 and all NFS Lands 500 feet to the south of Forest Road #533, then along Forest Road #500 to the Forest Boundary in Township 14 south Range 21 east Section 13, including all NFS Lands 500 feet south of Forest Road #500, then northerly and westerly along the National Forest Boundary to the point of origin. Including the following developed sites/campgrounds; Schipper, Harrington Fork, Steer Basin, Third Fork, Lower Penstemon, Upper Penstemon, Pettit, Diamondfield Jack, Porcupine Springs, FS Flats, Father and Sons, and Bostetter.
Area closures are also in effect for 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.