Kinyon Road Fire grows to 75,000 acres

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by Justin Corr and KTVB.COM

KREM.com

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 1:34 PM

CASTLEFORD, Idaho -- Crews in southern Idaho are working on containing the now estimated 75,000 acre Kinyon Road Fire.

The Bureau of Land Management said the fire was 20 percent contained at about 8 a.m. Sunday, with full containment set for Sunday at 7 p.m.. They hope to have it controlled Monday by 7 p.m..

Kyli Gough with the Twin Falls BLM said the fire, which is located south of Castleford, was caused by lightning Saturday around 4 p.m. BLM crews, as well as the Castleford Rural Fire Department, responded. Gough reported that there are numerous resources on scene of the fire, including engines, air support, hand crews, dozers and water support. By noon on Sunday, it is expected that there will be close to 150 personnel on scene.

Saturday, the blaze moved quickly to gain vast amounts of BLM land, and at one point the fire began to move towards the community of Roseworth. Structure protection engines were sent to support that area, but when the blaze got within a half mile, the wind shifted, moving the fire to the north. As of Sunday morning, no structures are threatened by the blaze and there have been no evacuations or structures lost.

As the fire moved north Saturday night, Gough said crews conducted a back burn along Kinyon Road to the blackened soil of the Balanced Road fire, which burned earlier this year. She said that operation kept the fire from moving any farther in that direction.

Sunday, Gough said the fire remains most active on the south side, with a burn operation planned between Kinyon Road and Coonskin Road. Firefighters hope to stop the blaze from moving any farther in that direction.

Things could get tricky Sunday afternoon, as the weather is expected to be hot with thunderstorms in that area. Gough said crews will remain updated on the weather patterns to assure their safety as well as that of the surrounding communities.

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