The Trinity Ridge Fire, which is 31 percent contained, is expected to burn through September, but residents of Featherville that were evacuated from the threat are returning to their homes today.
Returnees are being cautioned that hotspots remain in the region and recreation areas are stilled closed to RVs and ATVs. Checkpoints are still in place, and residents must show proof of residence to enter the area.
The fire's movement was slowed Saturday by helicopter water drops, which allowed crews to directly attack the fire in Sheep Creek. Three hotshot crews will be in the Sheep and Big Five creeks today to fight the fire directly. A 71-acre spot fire north of the North Fork of the Boise River near Barber Flats is 90 percent contained, with full containment expected later today.
As of this morning, more than 1,200 firefighting personnel are working on the Trinity Ridge blaze, which has cost more than $30.6 million.