Trinity Ridge Fire Closes in on Hundreds of Homes
Featherville, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Trinity Ridge Fire continues to burn out of control in Featherville.
Flames from the massive fire are slowly closing in on hundreds of homes.
"The fire is about 88,000 acres. It's about three miles away from Featherville. It's actually coming towards Featherville from two directions from the north and from the west," said Charity Parks, Information Officer, Trinity Ridge Fire.
John Lewis is one of hundreds who evacuated over the weekend.
The flames are now less than three miles from his home.
"It's been hard on us. Not only are we concerned about the beauty that surrounds us, but financially it's been a bit of a burden for us," said John Lewis, evacuated home.
The Red Cross arrived Saturday and is providing services to evacuees and emergency personnel.
"We have shelter for people who have been evacuated. We're also running part of the food service here at the Senior Center in Pine, serving three meals a day," said Terry Tippery, Red Cross volunteer.
An evacuation order was issued Saturday due to the low visibility and poor air quality conditions. I'm here in Pine, which is about ten miles away from the fire and you can see the air is filled with smoke. You can only imagine what it's like closer to the flames.
"There's about 366 homes, primary residences in the area. And, twenty–nine people are still in the evacuation area. They've chosen to stay,” said Parks.
Meanwhile one-thousand firefighters are working around the clock to stay ahead of the fire.
"Firefighters have gone into the Featherville area, they've set up protection, they've built hand line around the edges of Featherville and they're preparing to possibly burn out,” said Parks.
For now, residents like Lewis are forced to wait...hoping firefighters can keep the flames from destroying their small town.
"You gain a whole new appreciation for life. Sometimes you become a little complacent with things, even with the beauty you see every day,” said Lewis.
It could be over a month before life in Featherville resumes.
The fire's expected containment date is October 1st.
The Red Cross is still in need of volunteers.
For more information 1(800) 853-2570.