Rain over the fire area significantly decreases fire activity
The Cave Canyon Fire of the Minidoka Complex had a quiet night. The rain from yesterday offered much needed relief to firefighters. Good progress has been made to put in control line with dozers and fresh resources arriving to the 80,012 acre fire. Burnout operations last night were hampered by increased air moisture from yesterday’s rain over the fire. Fire crews will attempt to finish last night’s burnouts later today as the weather conditions allow.
The fire had active torching in the conifers in the west and southwest portions despite the rain yesterday. Fire behavior is predicted to be less erratic today as residual moisture lingers over the fire area. Dozers will work to button up the southern portion of the fire today while crews and dozers tie in line on the east side of the fire working from north to south. Firefighters will continue burnouts between the control lines and the fire will be conducted as necessary around the fire. In the northeast corner crews will finish any burnout operations to reinforce the line.
Deer Hollow Fire: Fire managers are optimistic they will be able to hold the fire today given yesterday’s moisture over the area and bucket drops from a helicopter. The latest acreage is 4,027.
Hot Well Fire: Crews are continuing to extinguish any hotspots along the edge of the fire line. The fire is holding at 3,056 acres as firefighters continue to secure the edge.
Additional information for all fires on the Minidoka Complex are 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.