UPDATE: Evacuation Order Lifted For Rock Creek, Crews Making Progress
Oakley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) UPDATE: The evacuation notice for homeowners in the Rock Creek Canyon area has been lifted...Progress is being made on the Cave Canyon Fire in the South Hills.
However, the water portions of Murtaugh Lake and Goose Creek reservoir are now closed for firefighting purposes.
A spokesperson tells us crews completed a lot of the burn out on Sunday. The Minidoka Complex is now 44% contained.
All four fires have scorched a total of 92,511 acres.
The Cave Canyon Fire, which is the largest of the four, has destroyed nearly 84 thousand of that. It is 57% contained as of Sunday night.
Over five hundred crew members are working on all four fires.
ORIGINAL STORY: Progress is being made on the Cave Canyon Fire in the south hills.
Overnight the rain offered much need relief to firefighters battling the over 80,000 acre fire.
After days of explosive growth, it appears firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Cave Canyon Fire.
"Last night was the first night on the fire that we didn't see extreme fire behavior. The little bit of rain we had and better humidity made the fire just quiet down,” Traci Weaver, Great Basin Incident Management Team Spokesperson.
Additional resources have been brought in including hot shot crews, which are specialized teams that work together all year round and are accustomed to steep terrain and difficult conditions.
"We've got hot shot crews and dozers in working on the west flank, the west side of the fire trying to get a goo line constructed from the southwest corner to the northwest corner," said Weaver.
That's the fire line that runs along rock creek road where dozens were forced to evacuate their homes late Thursday night.
As Weaver explains, the flames came within two miles of the road in some places.
"We had the fire at fifteen percent contained last night n our official report, but that containment will likely go up today," said Weaver.
The team has set the overall containment date for August 20th.
But, with nearly 500 firefighters working the complex, they're hoping for faster results.
"What we really like to do before we turn these fires back to a local unit is make sure that we've got them contained in an area and they're not going to blow out again," said Weaver.
Good progress was made on the fire overnight, but with the wildfire danger list at very high it wouldn't take much for this fire to explode once again.