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Elk Fire Update For Monday Morning

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By Paul Johnson

Pine/Featherville, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Elk Fire burning between Prairie and Pine continues. So far 131,007 acres have been charred. The lightning caused fire is 65% contained and there are 638 personnel fighting the fire that’s estimated to have cost over 8 and a half million dollars. Yesterday, residents returned to the Pine/Featherville corridor at 5:00 pm Sunday when the evacuation was lifted.
Idaho Power restored power to the remainder of the Pine/Featherville corridor yesterday afternoon. Firefighters completed the burn-out operation from Tiger Creek up to Lava Ridge, to the 2012 Trinity Ridge burn, in the northwest area of the fire.

As far as today, on the east flank of the fire: Throughout the Pine-Featherville corridor firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up any smokes and pockets of heat that pose a threat to the control lines or any structures. Crews are pulling out any unneeded pumps and hose in the Pine/Featherville area.

West flank of the fire: Firefighters will hold and mop-up hot spots within 100 feet of the containment line in the area where the burnout was completed yesterday on Lava Ridge to the 2012 Trinity Ridge Fire. Crews will be on the lookout for spot fires across the fire line.

The weather remains hot, dry, and windy. Temperatures will range from 88 to 92, with minimum relative humidity at 13-17 percent. Winds will be from the west at 8-12mph. The outlook for Tuesday is for a fire weather watch for thunderstorms with dry lightning.

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

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