When Elmore County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Barclay stood before residents of the communities of Pine and Featherville who fled their homes due to a massive wildfire, he didn't pull any punches. Calling the Elk Complex Fire a "warzone" Aug. 15, Barclay confirmed that the fire had, to date, wiped out at least 70 homes or structures.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office was planning to escort homeowners into the Fall and Lester Creeks and Ice Springs burned-over neighborhoods this morning to assess the damage.
The Pine-Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville.
The Elk Complex wildfire has burned more than 125,000 acres and is 40 percent contained.
The Pony Complex wildfire has burned more than 147,000 acres but is 80 percent contained.
Meanwhile, the Beaver Creek wildfire is forcing mandatory evacuations in a number of Blaine County communities, including Greenhorn Gulch, Deer Creek and Timber Gulch South. A pre-evacuation notice has been issued to residents and visitors in Ketchum and Sun Valley. Approximately 600 residents are in the pre-evacuation area. Pre-evacuation means residents must begin preparations for evacuation sooner than later.
Those residents who refuse to evacuate are being asked to sign a form that indicates that their life may be in immediate danger and there may be no rescue plan.