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UPDATED INFORMATION: Wildland Fire Update For Southern Idaho

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By Paul Johnson

UPDATE 5:55PM TWIN FALLS, Id. (BLM) Today’s afternoon lightning storm ignited several new fires on the Twin Falls District BLM. The Rabbit Springs fire, burning north of the town of Jackpot is currently 1,000 acres. The fire has caused authorities to close Highway 93 at Mile Marker 4 – opening intermittently to let traffic through. Resources committed to this fire include seven engines, one dozer, and the Salmon Tract and Jackpot Rural Fire Departments.
The Little Birch Creek fire burning southeast of Oakley is currently 600 acres, burning in pinyon pine and juniper country. There are structures being threatened on this fire – there are seven engines, one dozer and the Oakley Rural Fire Department. Between the Rabbit Springs and Little Birch Creek fires, multiple helicopters, Single Engine Air Tankers, Heavy Air Tankers and air attack are working to suppress the fires.
The Croy Creek Fire (now Rock Creek Fire) is 30 acres and burning southwest of Hailey. Resources include two engines and six smoke jumpers and the Wood River Rural Fire Department. There is a structure threatened by this fire.
The Kinyon Road fire has been declared 75% contained, with full containment expected for tomorrow at 1100. Control is estimated for July 14. The fire burned 216,050 acres southwest of Castleford. The Saylor Creek Wild Horse herd has been monitored, and the horses have not been impacted by the fire. While a portion of the Herd Management Area was burned, there is plenty of good forage and water available for the horses. Some resources have been released from this fire to assist on other fires burning across the District.

UPDATE 5:30PM - US Highway 93 south of Hollister is now open.

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Bureau of Land Management is working several fires in the area. Many were caused by lightning strikes. BLM officials say the Rabbit Springs Fire in Twin Falls County, near the Nevada/Idaho Border has closed U.S. Highway 93. The report of fire came in at 1:40pm, to the Salmon Track Rural Fire Protection District. Now, the BLM is on scene battling the blaze.
Meanwhile, the Castleford Kinyon Road fire is in the stages of containment. Operation people are saying they are only seeing smoke but no flames. According to BLM Fire Spokesman Jerry Ronhart, when a fire fighter sees smoke they respond with water quickly.
The area dispatch for the Fire departments have sent out a Red Flag warning to all areas of Lincoln and the eastern portion of Twin Falls county. Fire departments are on watch for gusty winds and thunderstorms.
Brian Neudorff, KMVT Meteorologist, said, “The only warnings we have for Cassia, Lincoln and Minidoka counties is the Red Flag warning. This is issued by the National Weather Service when weather poses a threat to the current fire danger. Today, this would include the hot temperatures and gusty outflow winds from area thunderstorms.

Some of these outflow winds can have gust from 40 to even as high as 50 to 70 mph. This can quickly change the course of a fire and take a controlled fire and get it out of control.

We will continue to see these types of gusts as we still have isolated storms forming across southern Twin Falls county and southern Cassia county.”
The freeway westbound into Boise is currently closed due to a traffic accident that has set the nearby sagebrush on fire. The Idaho State Police Issued the following statement:
Traffic stopped between milepost 66 and 72 is currently being escorted further westbound in the far left westbound lane by law enforcement in the area. Traffic east of milepost 74 is currently being diverted off at 74 and is being turned back around to head eastbound. BLM fire crews are trying to get more enforcements in the area to extinguish the fire, but must have as little traffic in the area as possible to do so.
From the BLM, here is the status of other fires burning in Idaho.
BOISE, IDAHO (BLM) Firefighters continue to suppress numerous fires throughout southwest Idaho today, most of which were caused by lighting. Fire resources from other states are arriving to assist, and some progress has been made.

Current Fire Update:

Fire Name: MM 66 I 84
Size: 500 acres and growing
Location: 10 miles E of Boise, along I-84.
Est. Contain: UNKNOWN. Est. Control: UNKNOWN
*Very active fire behavior at this time.
*The west-bound lane of I 84 is closed.
This fire is human-caused.

Fire Name: Flint
Size: 188 acres
Location: 12 miles SE of Jordan Valley, OR (Owyhee Mountains)
Est. Contain: 8 p.m. July 9. Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: Chimney
Size: +/- 9 acres
Location: 3 miles West of Triangle, ID (Owyhee Mountains)
Est. Contain: UNKNOWN. Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: Big B
Size: +/- 0.1 acres
Location: 13 miles SE of Jordan Valley, OR (Owyhee Mountains)
Est. Contain: UNKNOWN. Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: South Indian
Size: +/- 5,000 acres
Location: East of Bruneau
Est. Contain: 7/10 1:00 PM Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: Jacks
Size: 6,000 acres
Location: South edge of Little Jacks Creek Wilderness
Est. Contain: UNKNOWN. Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: Benwalk
Size: +/- 15,000 acres
Location: 15 miles East of Mountain Home, ID
Est. Contain: firefighters hope to contain the fire this afternoon or evening, but no specific containment time has been set. Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: MM43 Hwy 78
Size: +/- 400 acres
Location: East of Oreana, ID
Est. Contain: 7/10 2:00 PM Est. Control: UNKNOWN.

Fire Name: Dynamite
Size: +/- 300 acres
Location: Near Pleasant Valley Road, a few miles south of Boise
Fire was contained this morning.
This fire was human-caused.


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