Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pony/Elk Complex Fires Combine to Scorch 90,000 Acres

Posted By on Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

It's called the Pony Complex—a series of wildfires that have combined in and around the high desert area east of Mountain Home—and along with the nearby Elk Complex, burning near the South Fork of the Boise River, more than 90,000 acres have been burned.

The Pony Complex has now become the largest wildfire in the region, and fire managers say the blaze is "very active." Several structures are threatened while the nearby towns of Mayfield and Prairie are under evacuation orders.

Fire managers have closed Blacks Creek Road off of Interstate 84, Indian Creek Road at exit 71 of I-84, Anderson Ranch Dam Road south of the Dixie Creek Cut-off and Prairie Road heading north from Highway 20.

Meanwhile a yellow/moderate air alert has been issued for the Treasure Valley Sunday as smoke creeps into the Boise area. A Stage 1 burn ban for the Boise, Payette and Sawtooth National Forests remains in effect.

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