Lava Fire

     Located 3 miles northeast of Shoshone, the Lava Fire was announced contained Wednesday night.

     The BLM’s Twin Falls District reported the fire at 1,300 acres, and said it took two hotshot crews, two engines, one water tender and one dozer to put out the flames. The cause of the fire was lightning.


Vader Fire

     While the cause of the Vader Fire on July 19 remains unknown, Great Basin Team 5 has assumed command of the fire, according to Salmon-Challis National Forest.

     The Vader Fire has grown to 443 acres, but is reported to be 76 percent contained, and is estimated to be completely contained by July 31, according to the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Firefighters are making good progress on containment, and some crews working on the Vader Fire have been released to attend to other recent fires in the Great Basin.

     State Highway 21 is open through the Cape Horn area without any restrictions.


Shady Fire

     The lightning-caused Shady Fire, which sparked July 10, has grown to 1,964 acres. Located 2 miles east of the Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the blaze is being tended to by only 25 firefighters due to access difficulties, according to the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

     As of Thursday morning, Sheep Mountain Road, Sheep Creek Trail, Duffield Trail and Bernard Creek Trail are closed, a Shady Fire Emergency Area Closure document states.


Canyon Fire

     Seventy-one percent of the Canyon Fire is contained, according to the Boise National Forest. The lightning-caused fire, 14 miles west of Stanley, currently has 143 personnel working on it, with three engines, two helicopters and one water tender.

     Both lanes of state Highway 21 are open, as are Bull Trout and Martin Lake campgrounds.

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