(KLIX)- An estimated 30,642 acres of land has been burned in the South Hills. According to fire officials crews have made progress battling the Cave Canyon Fire. The flames could be seen from Twin Falls at night as the fire made its way westward. On Wednesday afternoon a large DC-10 helped crews by dropping retardant to slow the fire down. It can carry up to 11,000 gallons of retardant. Crews are trying to keep the fire from crossing the forest road that leads to Oakley. So far the Cave Canyon fire is about 10 percent contained. The fire is set in the Dry Creek and Big Cottonwood drainages. Fire officials are also working on a 1500 acre blaze near Kelsaw Canyon near the Rice Creek Drainage. Crews are trying to keep this fire from growing into private land. Fire fighters are also working on the Hot Well fire east of Albion. And according to the website inciweb.org the Flat Top 2 fire burning north of Kimama and South of Carey has burned roughly 135,000 acres of desert grass and brush. Air drops continue on the blaze and wind is making it difficult to combat.

Here is more information provided by BLM officials

Hot Well

Location – 6 miles SE of Declo on BLM land

Start Time – August 5th at Midnight

Size – 3000 acres

Cause – Lightning

Resources – 10 Engines, 1 Water Tender,1 dozer, Albion Rural Fire Department, North Cassia Rural Fire Department, Declo Rural Fire Department, 1 Single Engine Air Tanker & 1 Air Attack

Update – The fire continued to grow today as erratic and gusty winds came into the area.  The terrain is also very difficult for firefighters and has been a restraint on their ability to knock down the fire.  Growth potential on the fire still remains high.

Contain – no containment time (Currently 20% contained)

Control – no control time

Highway 30

Location –Near the Bliss rest stop and Highway 30, south of Interstate 84 on BLM land

Start Time –August 8, approximately 8:30 a.m.

Size – 2000 acres

Cause – Lightning

Resources –8 Engines, 1 Dozer, 1 Water Tender, & Bliss Rural Fire Department

Update – Crews have been able to get a good handle on the fire and activity has slowed, although growth is still possible.  Air resources were on scene earlier to assist in operations and made a positive impact on slowing the fire.

Contain – August 9, noon (Currently 50% contained)

Control – August 9, evening


South Three Creek

Location – South of the Three Creek Highway on Private threatening BLM

Start Time –August 8, approximately 10:30 a.m.

Size –11 acres

Cause – Lightning

Resources – 2 Engines, 1 Water Tender

Control – August 9th at noon



Location – NW of Three Creek Highway on BLM land

Start Time – August 8, approximately 10:30 a.m.

Size – 20 acres

Cause – Lightning

Resources – 2 Engines

Control – August 9th at noon


Cliff Hollow

Location – East of Almo on BLM land

Start Time – August 8 in the afternoon

Size – 3 acres

Cause – Human

Resources – 2 Engines

Control – August 9th at 8:00 p.m.