Several Fires Continue To Burn Area Public Lands
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Smoke is filtering throughout communities in Southern Idaho today as Bureau Of Land Management Crews work to douse the fires that are actively burning on Public Lands. The Rabbit Springs fire Near the Nevada/Idaho border in Twin Falls County has burned 5,525 acres. It has been contained and fully controlled. The Little Birch Creek fire south of the Oakley Airport has burned about 933 acres. It has been fully contained and crews are currently mopping up the fire. Crews hope to have complete control by 8pm tonight. The Laidlaw fire 15 miles southwest of Carey, consumed 7,935 acres. It has been contained as well. The Kinyon Road Fire near Castleford is 90 percent contained. It has burned 234,914 acres of mostly brush. Other fires that have sent BLM crews out include the Rock Creek fire that started around 4pm Tuesday. It burned about 125 acres before being contained and controlled. The most recent fire reported at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, is the Wapi Fire, burning 8 miles Northeast of Minidoka. It is currently estimated at 340 acres with containment expected 6pm tonight and control time set for 6pm Friday. Resources on the fire include five engines, one air attack, four helicopters, and one single engine air tanker.
The Benwalk fire in the Boise district has been marked inactive burning 15,000 acres. The Crandal Creek in the Bitteroot National Forest has burned 1200 acres near the Montana/Idaho Border. It started from lightening. The Avelene Fire near Highway 21 and Grimes Creek Road in Boise County has burned about 250 acres. Firefighters made good progress on the fire Wednesday. It is currently staffed with 144 firefighters, nine engines and three helicopters.
Boise County Sheriff's office implemented a recommended evacuation notice Wednesday afternoon for approximately 60 homes in the the sub-division on Turner Road, Big Springs Road and Clear Creek Drive.
A Red Flag Warning to Area Fire Departments is in effect till 9pm tonight.