Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On McCan Fire


By Paul Johnson

Fairfield, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Firefighters fighting the McCan Fire say they have the blaze 70% contained. Right now 357 people are working the fire.
Now, a formal plan for the rehabilitation of the fire suppression activities has been prepared jointly by John Kidd’s Incident Management Team, Twin Falls District BLM, and the Sawtooth National Forest and Idaho Department of Lands. By the end of shift yesterday, firefighting resources have now worked around the entirety of the fire perimeter. The Team anticipates full containment of the fire early next week. Residents will continue to see smoke coming from unburned islands of vegetation within the interior of the fire area throughout the coming weeks.

Fire activity yesterday was minimal, with some creeping and smoldering observed. Though this morning is clear in the Camas Prairie, morning inversions will continue to be an issue as other smoke from nearby large fires settles into the valleys. This is especially problematic for using tactical aircraft, such as helicopters, early in the day.

The National Weather Service’s Red Flag Warning will continue through today as the unstable atmosphere persists and the potential for large fire growth remains. Once again this should have minimal effect on the McCan Fire due to the low level of current fire activity. Numerous dust devils have been observed in the fire area. When dust devils move through burned areas, ash and dust can be sent hundreds of feet into the air and may be mistaken for active fire.

The Incident Management Team at the McCan Incident Command Post continues to provide aviation and logistical support to the Beaver Creek Fire. There are currently 9 helicopters assigned to the shared helibase.

The area closure includes the entire Fairfield Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest.

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