Printed on: October 05, 2012

Fire costs at $189 million


So far in 2012, Idaho and the federal government have spent a combined $189 million on wildfire suppression.

That figure was contained in a statement released Thursday by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office.

And 2012, according to Otter's office, will be one of the state's worst fire seasons in more than 100 years -- since the Panhandle's deadly "Big Burn" of 1910. To date, an estimated 1.7 million acres have burned throughout the state, and the fire season likely will extend a few more weeks.

In eastern Idaho, the Mustang Complex (55 percent contained) and Halstead (65 percent contained) fires -- both burning in the Salmon-Challis National Forest -- had charred a combined 521,178 acres as of Thursday night.

A number of closure orders have been lifted in the Mustang fire, opening areas that include (522) Colson to Spring creeks; (523) Spring Creek Road; (5227) Spring to Indian creeks; (528) wilderness/ Gattin area; and (5330) the river trail west of Corn Creek within the North Fork Ranger District.

Elsewhere, the 50-acre Dry Hollow Fire, which erupted Wednesday evening in the hills southeast of Ammon, was reported 100 percent contained Thursday. Three engine crews and a water tender, remained on the scene monitoring the fire.

For the latest fire information, visit http://www.ida, www or /dispatch/id-cic/.