Update: Fire near Pillar Falls
Evacuations strongly encouraged in nearby Twin Falls housing subdivision
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A wildfire is burned in the Snake River Canyon near Pillar Falls. The fire is spread upwards towards a nearby housing subdivision in Twin Falls. Everyone who resides within that subdivision was strongly encouraged to evacuate.
Joshua Palmer of the City of Twin Falls told KMVT the fire was over 40. Residents who live in the area of Pillar Falls near the Canyon Rim Trail were being urged to leave their homes immediately and turn their sprinkler systems on.
For those who have evacuated their homes, a care facility has been set up at the Twin Falls Idaho Temple on Eastland Drive where food will be provided to those in need.
In addition to the Twin Falls Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management and a neighboring agency from McCall assisted in extinguishing the blaze.
Update: Palmer reported to KMVT saying the worst of the fire has passed.
“And it was approximately 7:50, I believe when the helicopter resources came from McCall and then it wasn’t too long after that it was contained or determined to be contained,” said Palmer. “That’s the same time that they reopened the roads and announced to residents that it was safe to return to their homes.”
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