Sunday Afternoon Lightning Spark Several Wildland Fires In Southern Idaho


By Paul Johnson

Southern Idaho (KMVT-TV) Fires sparked by much storm activity that passed through the area Sunday afternoon continue to burn in Southern Idaho. The following is a current update on all fires the Twin Falls District BLM responded to in the last 24 hours.

Oakley Reservoir
Location – S of Oakley
Start Time – August 5th at 6:34 p.m.
Size – 20 acres
Cause – Lightning
Resources – 3 Engines, 1 Dozer, & 1 Helicopter
Contained at 8:00 a.m. this morning
Control – Tonight at 11:00 p.m.
Update – Oakley Rural Fire Department was on scene yesterday, but has been released.

Hannah (Previously Hannah’s Fork)
Location – 5 miles N of Border near the Sawtooth National Forest
Start Time – August 5th at 6:41 p.m.
Size – 50 acres
Cause – Lightning
Resources – 1 Engine
Contained last night at midnight.
Control – Today at 10:00 a.m.

East Hollister
Location – Approximately 3 miles NW of Hollister
Start Time – August 5th at 7:33 p.m.
Size – 750 acres
Cause - Lightning
Resources – 6 Engines & 1 Dozer
Contain – Today at 10:00 a.m.
Control – Today at 8:00 p.m.
Update – The fire was assisted by Filer, Salmon Tract, & Rock Creek Rural Fire Departments, but they have been released. There have been no structures threatened, although the fire did burn close to some agriculture fields last night.

Cave Canyon
Location – In the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest
Start Time – August 5th at 8:47 p.m.
Size – 4500 acres in Timber
Cause – Lightning
Resources – 1 Engine, 1 Dozer, 3 Hand Crews, Sawtooth Hot Shots, Oakley Rurals, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 Air Attack, and 1 Lead Plane
No contain or control has been established.
Update – This fire began late last night and burned together with the Little Cedar Canyon Fire, which was in the same area. Both of these fires are on the Sawtooth National Forest, but have burned a few acres of BLM land as well. There are cattle as well as archeological sites in the area. To stay updated on this fire please contact Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer for the Sawtooth National Forest, at (208)–731-8604.

Flat Top #2
Location – 8 miles NE of Kamima
Start Time – August 5th at 10:23 p.m.
Size – 4 acres
Cause – Lightning
Resources – None
Contained at 6:00 a.m. today and controlled at 8:00 a.m.

Shale Butte
Location – 8 miles N of Kamima
Start Time – August 5th at 11:31 p.m.
Size – 2500 acres
Cause – Lightning
Resources – 4 Engines, 1 Water Tender, 1 Resource Advisor
Contain – Today at 9:00 p.m.
Control – August 8th at 8:00 p.m.

Location – 6 miles SE of Declo
Start Time – August 5th at Midnight
Size – 60 acres
Cause – Lightning
Resources – 2 Engines
No contain or control has been established.

IA #15
Location – 7 miles E of Hollister
Start Time – August 6th at 12:06 a.m.
Update – Engine responding this morning to determine size and if resources are needed.

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