Elk Fire Cost At Over $6-million With 81 Structures Burned


By Paul Johnson

Elmore County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - So far, the U.S. Forest Service estimates the cost of the Elk fire is at $6,156,568. They say that a total of 38 residences and 43 outbuildings have burned and there has been one injury reported. The fire is 40-percent contained and there are 866 personnel working the blaze between Prairie and Pine Idaho.
The lightning caused fire reported August 8 has burned 116,914 acres. The Elmore County sheriff’s office said the evacuations issued for Pine and Featherville remain in effect. Residents are strongly encouraged to heed the evacuation orders for their own safety.
Residents of Fall Creek, Lester Creek and Anderson Ranch subdivisions will be escorted by the sheriff’s office into the fire area today to assess their property. Idaho Power Company expects to have electrical power restored along the Anderson Ranch reservoir up to the Senior Center in Pine by 10 am this morning.

Road closures are in effect for the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road.

New-The North Fork Fire began earlier today approximately 7 miles north of Deadwood Reservoir in the Bitter Creek drainage. The running, wind-driven fire is currently 50 acres. Resources working on the fire include smokejumpers, air tankers and helicopters. More information is forthcoming.
The Placer Fire is located about 4 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 108 acres in size and 50% contained. Fire activity is low and no structures are threatened.
The Pony Complex is now estimated at 147,881 acres and is 80% contained. Fire behavior was low today, with creeping and smoldering. Though the fire had limited growth, it continues to threaten the Blacks Creek Road area. Crews are improving line along the road on the northwest flank. Some resources will soon be released to other fires.
Some roads have re-opened in the area of the fire. The remaining road closures include Blacks Creek Road (residents allowed, fire dependent), Anderson Ranch Dam at Highway 20, and Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road (Prairie residents allowed, fire dependent), Indian Creek/Simco. Mayfield Road is partially closed with no northbound traffic allowed from Blacks Creek.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly on the east side from Road 181 to the junction with the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest boundary, including the Pine/Featherville road; north from Atlanta along the Middle Fork Boise Road (Forest Road 268) over to the Deer Park Rental Cabin; then west along Forest Road 327 to Idaho City and Highway 21 on the west. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed. The Middle Fork Boise River Road is open from the Spring Shores Marina for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta and only as long as fire conditions allow.

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