Some Evacuees Allowed to Return in Wood River Valley
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Residents of about 100 homes in Central Idaho were allowed to return Monday but about 2,000 homes remained under mandatory evacuation orders due to the 160-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire. Blaine County spokeswoman Bronwyn Nickel says the fire is only 8 percent contained.
About 1,150 firefighters including elite teams known as hotshots are reinforcing fire lines with the help of aircraft. Fire spokesman Richard Reuse says the weather is favorable for an air attack. The fire grew only about 5 square miles on Sunday as firefighters took advantage of less windy conditions and aircraft zoomed in and out with retardant drops.
Fire engines protected homes in the affluent area. About 50 miles to the west, residents of the mountain town of Atlanta were told to leave by noon Monday because the 3-square-mile Little Queens Fire was about 6 miles away, burning through dry timber toward the community.