Crews Make Progress On The Minidoka Complex Fires


By Paul Johnson

Southern Idaho (KMVT-TV) Fire crews are making good headway with a complex burnout operation on the east side of the Cave Canyon Fire and are working toward the south and west. Late Wednesday afternoon, a DC-10 assisted crews by dropping retardant to slow the fire’s progression to keep it from crossing the FS Road 500 (Oakley-Rodgerson Road). The DC 10, known as a very large airtanker, is capable of carrying up to 11,000 gallons of retardant and making six drops per load of retardant.

The Cave Canyon Fire has grown to 30,642 acres and is 10 percent contained. Fire is established in the heads of Dry Creek and the Big Cottonwood drainages. A crew and four engines will patrol the fire tonight.

On the Black Pine Division, the Deer Hollow Fire is now approximately 1,500 acres and is very active in the Kelsaw Canyon area and is established in the head of the Rice Creek drainage. Resources are working on establishing anchor points to keep fire from crossing onto private land. The Eightmile Fire had minimal activity today and remains at 211 acres. The four smokejumpers assigned to the Eightmile Fire will support the Deer Hollow Fire tomorrow.

Resources assigned to the Complex include 15 engines, five crews, one helicopter, one dozer and one water tender. Two type 2 helicopters will be assigned to the Minidoka Complex on Thursday. The Hot Well Fire, burning 6 miles southeast of Burley on BLM land, will be added to the Minidoka Complex today.

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