BOISE COUNTY -- One cabin was lost overnight Thursday on the Whiskey Complex Fire. The cabin was unoccupied and is the only structure lost so far on the almost 6,000-acre fire.
Even with that bit of bad news, the Type 1 Great Basin Regional Incident Management Team is confident the fire will be 100 percent contained by the end of July.
This team has come out to Idaho for three years in a row now, and have worked on the Trinity Ridge and Elk Complex Fires.
Dry grasses and fuels, hot weather, and rugged terrain have allowed the Whiskey complex fire to spread to almost 6,000 acres since it started Monday at 1:30 a.m.
Friday, the incident management team held a community meeting in Centerville for those who live in the small towns around the fire. Many of the people at the meeting expressed concern about their homes, however, firefighters reported a mixed bag when it comes to defensible space around those homes.
"Some are doing exceedingly well, their structures are very easily defendable, and then some not so much," said Marty Adell, Incident Commander Trainee with the Great Basin Incident Management Team. "It would definitely help everybody across the board to, maybe, continue to work on what they've got to help themselves."
Adell said the team feels confident they will make significant progress on the fire in the next few days.
"We are a high priority fire for this area," he said. "We are getting a lot of resources coming in."
They have several hot shot teams, and 12 different aircraft, which are taking advantage of the retardant plant in Centerville.
"It's a very unique situation because most times we don't have that retardant capability so close to the fire," said Brandon Hampton, Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Land Management Boise District.
Usually, they have to go to Boise, McCall, Twin Falls, or Mountain Home to get more retardant, but on this fire, they can stay in the area.
"This really eliminates the turnaround time for those helicopters from the retardant plant to the fire line," Hampton said. "And those helicopters are supporting the hot shots, which are protecting Pioneerville."
The main goal on the fire right now is to keep it from moving into Pioneerville.
So far, the cost of the fire is more than $1.5 million.