Natural Disasters

Hundreds Evacuated in Idaho Due to Wildfires

Second straight summer where fires have threatened area


Two fast-growing wildfires have burned more than 310 square miles of land in south-central Idaho and the smaller of the two forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes near Pine, a small mountain town besieged by fires for the second straight summer.

The lightning-caused fires started late last week and have led to the closure of more than 1,200-square-miles of Boise National Forest land. The blazes have also prompted evacuations from the small communities of Prairie and Mayfield.