UPDATED INFORMATION: Fires Continue To Burn In All Southern Idaho Areas
UPDATED INFORMATION: Effective immediately, all recreation on Murtaugh Lake will be closed until further notice due to fire prevention activity.
UPDATED INFORMATION 1:25PM FRIDAY 8/10/2012 From the Twin Falls County Sheriffs Office the following warning has been issued.
Effective immediately all access to the South Hills via Rock Creek Road or Indian Springs is closed as well as the Rockcreek Drainage east of Deadline Ridge. Access to Murtaugh Lake will also be limited as air fire crews access water from the lake to aid in the fire fighting efforts. Please choose alternate locations for recreating this weekend.
Photos attached to this story are courtesy of area viewers. Maps are courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.
Southern Idaho (KMVT-TV) Here is the latest information about all the fires that are actively burning in the area.
First, the Cave Canyon Fire which has caused the evacuation of the South Hills. That fire east of Rock Creek Canyon is at 45,000 acres and is 10% contained. Many resources are moving to the west side of the fire to prevent it from getting closer to Rock Creek. It grew substantially overnight. Crews are currently back burning the fire lines to contain it near Little Cotton Creek. The fire has crossed Dry Creek.
Next, The Salmon Challis National Forest Fire called the Halstead fire 18 miles northwest of Stanley has grown to 43,263 acres today. It’s 3% contained. Minor cooling expected for today as a weak trough passes by to the north. Increasing moisture will bring a chance of showers and dry thunderstorms during the late morning through evening. Warmer and drier weather expected for Saturday and Sunday.
There was quite a bit of activity on the west, south and north eastern sides of the fire. The fire in the Trail Creek area put up a large column of smoke that was visible from the town of Stanley. Additionally the fire spread east towards the Valley Lakes area. The 15-acre Morneo fire was detected just south of Indian Springs guard station. The Bench Fire was detected around 3pm on Thursday and is approximately 70-acres near Banner Summit. Highway 21 was closed and remains closed as of this morning due to the fire. The Highway 21 closure will be reassessed today at noon. There was minimal activity at Vanity Summit, with single trees torching every so often through the heat of the day.
There were new fires reported on the Salmon-Challis National forest overnight. One fire on Sage Creek was .5 acres and a Type 4 engine and crew from Salmon in addition to four heli-rappellers were assigned, it has not been contained at this time. The second fire, near Boulder Creek was contained at only 0.10 acre in size.
The Merino Fire was detected near Indian Springs on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday helicopter 405 flew over the fire to assess it.
Four heli-rappellers from the Salmon airbase continue to fight the Votler Creek Fire southwest of Gibbonsville on the North Fork Ranger District. This fire is estimated to be .5 acres. A helitanker is available to support firefighters on this fire.
The lightning caused Bear Fire, burning near Bear Creek Point in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, near the southern boundary of the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District has been placed in monitor status.