Monday, August 11, 2014

Timber Butte, Highrange Wildfires Continue to Rage

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

The fast moving Timber Butte Fire, which has burned more than 7,000 acres northeast of the town of Sweet, threatened approximately 25 homes in the towns of Brownlee, Timber Butte and Liberty over the weekend.

But officials said this morning that no structures or residences are considered threatened at this time.

The fire is crossing the Boise-Gem county line. No evacuation orders have been issued, but officials confirm that some residents were without power. Three outbuildings have been lost.

Approximately 200 firefighting personnel are on the scene with more resources expected to come into the region today. An incident command post has been set up at the Sweet-Montour School.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Highrange Fire has now burned more than 4,600 acres southwest of Grangeville and is 45 percent contained. More than 30 structures are threatened and three structures have been lost thus far. A total of 357 personnel are the scene, including eight crews, 18 engines, two dozers, three water tenders and two helicopters.

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