UPDATED INFORMATION: Wildfire Near Kimberly
UPDATED PHOTOS FROM THE FIRE. Photos have been posted to the gallery of the fire. (Courtesy of Ashley Woods)
UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 3:45PM
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Kimberly are gaining control. Kyle Gough with the BLM said that crews were wrapping up their assistance with the blaze that burned about 150 acres of private land. She said the single engine airplanes did several drops. The Bureau of Land Management assisted Rock Creek fire, Salmon Track Fire and Twin Falls fire in battling the blaze. The BLM sent 4 engines, 2 single engine aircraft and 1 air attack unit to help with the fire. The out of control fire, located six miles south of Kimberly near 3100 North and 3374 East burned in the Rock Creek area near the Cottonwood Heights Pleasant Valley area. Crews worked to keep structures from burning. At this time, KMVT news does not know of any structure’s that were damaged. The fire was reportedly started by a controlled burn that went out of control. Crews had a weather challenge as westerly winds up to 30 miles per hour were blowing through the area. KMVT Meteorologist Brian Neudorff said the air is very dry and the humidity was in the teans. Temperatures tho, remained cooler than yesterday with 70’s in the afternoon and it’s predicted they will be in the 60’s tonight.
Crews are predicting they will contain the fire by 5pm and it will be in full control by 6pm.
UPDATED INFORMATION 1:30pm: The fire has jumped the canyon rim. Several structures are in the line of the fire. The fire began as a controlled burn but with the winds quickly went out of control.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: KMVT's Meteorologist Brian Neudorff said their biggest challenge for the crews will be the west winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts expected to be 30 mph this afternoon and into the evening. The air is also very dry, with humidity in the teens. Temperatures will remain cool near 70 and back into the 60's this evening.
A wildfire is quickly growing south of Kimberly that fire crews are working to control. The best information KMVT NEWS has, is that the fire is about 6 miles south of Kimberly near 3100 North and 3374 East. Firefighters right now are concentrating on protecting nearby structures in the Cottonwood Heights in the Pleasant Valley area. Rock Creek Rural Fire has requested assistance from the Bureau of Land Management. Kyle Gough with the BLM said they are initally responding with 4 fire engines, 2 single engine aircraft and 1 air attack unit. In addition to the BLM and the Rock Creek Rural Fire department, the Salmon Track Fire department is also battling the blaze. Scanner traffic indicates the wind is hampering their efforts to control the blaze. The fire is near Rock Creek Canyon. KMVT is working this story and will have the latest as it becomes available on the air and online.