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Evacuations Ordered For Featherville And Pine Areas

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By Paul Johnson

Elmore County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Effective immediately the Elmore County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation of the Featherville and Pine areas due to increased fire activity.
The Elk Fire resulted from several lightning fires which burned together on the night of August 8th. Fuels continue to be extremely dry and when combining with steep terrain, is creating plume dominated fire behavior. Area concerns are the small settlement of Prairie on the west side of the fire and the Pine/Featherville corridor on the east side. The southern perimeter follows the South Fork of the Boise River from Smith Creek to the end of Anderson Ranch Reservoir near Pine. The fire continues to move up the river corridor on the west side from Pine towards Featherville. Primary objective is to secure the fire line between all homes/subdivisions and the mountains to the west. Securing Prairie homes and ranches is a high priority. Ultimately the plan is to push the northern portion of the fire into the Trinity fire from last year.
A Unified Command has been established with the Elmore County Sheriff's and the Great Basin Incident Management Team #2.
The Boise National Forest has expanded a large area closure that is described specifically in the CLOSURES portion of this site. A map of the closure area can be found under MAPS. The Elmore County Sheriff's Office has a mandatory evacuation in effect from Hwy 20 to the Johnson Creek Bridge south of Featherville.
Stage I fire restrictions remain in effect including no campfires outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice.


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