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Boise District Fires Continue To Burn

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By Paul Johnson

Atlanta, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Little Queens fire continues to burn three miles northwest of Atlanta, Idaho. The 10,352 acre fire is 5% contained. The Elmore county sheriff’s office has issued a mandatory evacuation for the area allowing only residents and property owners access. A heavy smoke inversion remained over the fire yesterday until about 3pm. Once the smoke lifted, the fire became aggressively active. A similar smoke inversion is occurring now. More than 20 engines are in Atlanta. Some will be working today to protect the water plant in Atlanta and communication sites. Three Hotshot crews are assessing opportunities to fight the fire directly.

A Closure Order has been implemented on portions of the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests due to the rapid movement of the Little Queens Fire. The closed area within the Boise National Forest is generally bounded by the Middle Fork Boise River Road (Forest Road 268) and Swanholm Road junction (Forest Road 327), then north on the Swanholm Road to Trail 057, then east to Forest Road 312 until it meets the Sawtooth Wilderness Boundary, and then south along the Wilderness boundary to the Boise/Sawtooth National Forest boundary and then west along the Mountain Home and Idaho City Ranger Districts boundary to Phifer Creek Road and then north until the junction of the Middle Fork Boise River Road. Elmore County has closed the James Creek Road and Phifer Creek Road from Rocky Bar north.

A Closure Order remains in place in the vicinity of the Elk and Pony Complexes. With the exception of Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads, all county roads and most forest roads within the Pine-Featherville area are open. However, the public cannot walk, drive or recreate on National Forest lands within the area closure. Fall Creek and Lester Creek Roads remain open to residents only. The Trinity Lakes Recreation Area will remain closed due to its proximity with the Elk Complex.

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