Idaho Wildfires Intensify, Mandatory Evacuations of Pine and Featherville


The massive Elk Complex fire just gets bigger.

The wildfire, which has burned nearly 120,000 acres, has forced the mandatory evacuation of the communities of Pine and Featherville as timber, brush and grass burn and trees are lit up like so many matchsticks.

Fire managers said crews are poised near homes in Pine and Featherville, doing their best to keep the fire from doorsteps. More than 600 personnel are working the fire lines, along with numerous attack helicopters and air tankers providing support from above.

The Elk Complex isn't far from the Pony Complex Fire and the combined destruction of both wildfires is well more than 250,000 acres.

At least 70 structures have been lost to the wildfires thus far.

Meanwhile the Beaver Creek Fire and the McCann blaze, in the same region, are also part of a string of wildfire danger running between Mountain Home and the Wood River Valley.

The lightning-caused fires have become the nation's top firefighting priorities.

Additional wildfires still burning in Idaho include the Beaver Creek Fire (32,000 acres), the Gold Pan Complex (17,000 acres), the Lodgepole (22,533 acres), the Papoose Fire (9,500 acres) the Cottonwood Creek Fire (166 acres) and the Thunder City Fire (1,888 acres).