Mustang Fire Threatens Homes Along Highway 93

Aug 29, 2012

Two hundred fifty homes are threatened by the Mustang Complex Fire north of Salmon. The homes are along Highway 93 near Butcherknife Ridge. The Lemhi County Sheriff announced Wednesday morning that anyone who lives in the area should be prepared to evacuate if the fire moves closer.

Bill Swartley is a spokesman for the Mustang Complex Fire. He says the fire grew by 25,000 acres last night.

Swartley: “If we start to see long-range spotting from the fire and distances of one to two miles, should that occur the fire can move very, very rapidly, which compresses the time frame for people to react. Therefore the sheriff’s department has taken the initiative giving people plenty of heads up.”

Swartley says if residents do want to leave, the Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Salmon Valley Baptist Church. The Lemhi County Fairgrounds is accepting folks with trailers and horses.

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