More than 660 firefighting personnel are now on the scene of the Whiskey Complex of fires, burning in Idaho County, as the flames are set to threaten the communities of Garden Valley and Pioneerville into a second week.
As of this morning, more than 8,000 acres have been charred and the complex is only 5 percent contained.
More than 120 people filled a public meeting July 18 in the town of Centerville, where officials told residents that priorities included holding a strong south flank along Forest Road 395, about 1.5 miles from the community of Pioneerville. One cabin was lost in that area Thursday night. The west flank is about 2 miles east of Alder Creek Road.
Pioneerville and Garden Valley homes along Payette River Road remain under a Level 2 voluntary evacuation, alerting neighbors that they needed to be ready to leave their homes at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, the Hot Springs Campground remains closed.
The Banks-to-Lowman Road (Highway 17) remains open but is smoky and travelers are urged to use caution. Rafters in the Payette have been told to be alert for helicopters dipping into the river in the immediate fire area.