Fire Crews Continue Battling 45,000 Acre Cave Canyon Fire
Hansen, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Last night about 9:30 p.m., fire supervisors told residents in Rock Creek Canyon to begin evacuating their homes. That's because the Cave Canyon fire had crossed Dry Creek, and was headed toward Rock Creek.
Today's cloud cover helped firefighters battle the blaze, which had grown substantially overnight.
Jake Brollier, Public Information Officer for Great Basin Team 1, says, "We’re holding at 10% containment at this time. I know we’ve been there for a couple of days now. The reason being is the fire has continued to grow, and the areas that we had contained originally are still contained."
Here the fire continues its slow but steady crawl past Dry Creek toward Rock Creek. Brollier says firefighters have had to sacrifice a few outbuildings to the fire, but no houses have been lost so far.
What’s next in this effort to corral the Cave Canyon fire?
Brollier says, "We’ll continue burnout operations along areas of the fire where it’s the most effective. Usually we accomplish that by putting in a dozer line, and then getting ahead of the fire, and having crews in place to burn out from the dozer line to increase the control line."
A DC-10 air tanker was scheduled to drop fire retardant on the western edge of the cave canyon fire today. It remains to be seen if that effort, along with a brief rain storm this afternoon, will help firefighters get the upper hand on this blaze.
Brollier says, "It’s been a little bit of a challenge to get the resources that we really want, because we’re just part of the bigger picture."
Aug. 10, 2012.