Residents of Atlanta, Idaho Able to Return, With Conditions


By Michelle Milliken

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the town of Atlanta, Idaho will be open to residents ONLY, beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, with the following conditions. This will be the only opportunity until the area is open to the general public, and proof of residency will be necessary.

Residents need to meet at Rocky Bar/James Creek road at 10 a.m. They will be escorted in using the James Creek road. The Middle Fork road is still closed to the public. When returning to their homes, residents need to be ready to stay for a few days. There will not be the possibility to leave and return at this time.

Residents are urged to exercise caution in the area, as firefighting personnel and equipment are still present. There are also still possible hazards in the fire area, including falling burned trees, ash pits, and the chance of burned logs and rocks falling onto the roadways. For more information on road closures and road access in Elmore County, visit the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office facebook page. For up to date information on fires in Idaho and the rest of the country, visit

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