Wildfire near Twin Falls contained

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 6:50 PM

TWIN FALLS – Multiple fires around the Twin Falls Bureau of Land Management District kept crews busy Sunday night.

The largest of the those fires is the East Hollister. Kylie Gough with the BLM says it was contained Monday morning after burning 570 acres. There are six engines, two dozers, one air attack, one lead plane, three single engine air tankers and one helicopter on scene. Estimated control is by 8 p.m. Monday.

The BLM is being supported by the Filer, Salmon Tract and Rock Creek Rural Fire Departments.

No structures were threatened, although the fire did burn towards some agriculture fields.

The Hannah Fire has burned an estimated 50 acres. The fire is burning approximately 16 miles east of Highway 93. That fire is estimated to be contained by midnight. The fire is on private land, but is threatening state land.  It was caused by lightning.

The Oakley Reservoir Fire south of Oakley is estimated at 12 acres with three BLM engines, one single engine air tanker and the Oakley Rural Fire Department on scene. The fire grew to 100 acres but is estimated to be controlled by 10 p.m. Monday. The cause is lightning.

The Flat Top 2 Fire is located about 8 miles northeast of Kamima on BLM land. It was ignited by lightning Sunday evening and has burned 7,000 acres so far. A lot of resources are assisting in the fire fighting effort, including nine engines, two water tenders, three dozers, the West End Rural Fire Department, two single engine air tankers and one helicopter. 

Winds picked up late Monday afternoon, eventually causing the Flat Top 2 Fire to merge with the Shale Butte Fire. A group has been sent to the area to establish a base camp.  This fire is not expected to be contain until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Officials hope to have it under control by 8 p.m. Friday.

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