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Sunday Updates on Elk Complex Fire

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By Michelle Bartlome

Elmore County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - As of 7 a.m. on Sunday, here is the latest information on the Elk Complex Fire burning in Elmore County.

Fire Start Date: August 8, 2013
Location: Elmore County between Prairie and Pine Idaho
Size: 130,178 acres
Percent Contained: 55%
Cause: Lightning
Incident Resources: 696 personnel including: 9 hand crews, 42 engines, 15 water tenders, 4 dozers, and 6 helicopters
Lost Time Injuries: 1
Structures Lost to Date: 81 total: 38 residences and 43 outbuildings/other
Estimated Cost to Date: $ 7,713,199

General Announcements:
Residents only will be allowed to return to the Pine/Featherville corridor at 5:00 pm Sunday August 18.

Idaho Power will be restoring power in the entire Pine/Featherville corridor at 12:00 noon.

A Fuel and Fire Behavior Advisory remains in effect throughout southwest Idaho. All fuels are abnormally dry and susceptible to ignition.

Today’s Activity:
East flank of the fire: Throughout the Pine-Featherville corridor firefighters will continue mop-up for a distance of 200-300 feet from the control lines. Crews will begin pulling equipment out of the Pine/Featherville area.

West flank of the fire: Firefighters will continue burn-out operations on Lava Ridge up to the 2012 Trinity Fire scar. Crews will continue to patrol and mopup. Rehab will continue in areas where possible.

Weather:
The weather continues to be hot, dry, and windy. Temperatures will range from 88 to 92, with minimum relative humidity at 10-14 percent. Winds will be from the northwest at 15-20mph.

Evacuations and Road Closures:
Evacuations issued by the Elmore County Sheriff’s office remain in effect for the communities of Pine and Featherville through 5:00 pm Sunday August 18.

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

Area Closures:
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Boise National Forest, view at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/


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