People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon August 19, 2013
Some Evacuated Idaho Homeowners Allowed To Return
Some of the Idaho homeowners evacuated because of a nearby wildfire are now being allowed to return home. Authorities are still warning homeowners they may be evacuated again.
The sheriff in Blaine County announced this morning that residents of a few communities now deemed safe could go home. So far the lifting of mandatory evacuations covers only a small number of the 23-hundred homes that were evacuated in the area.
Evacuations began late last week near Hailey and Ketchum, when the Beaver Creek Fire burned towards the towns. Sheriff’s officials say homeowners who are being allowed to return need to maintain “situational awareness” in case conditions get worse, and evacuations become necessary again.
Meanwhile, the tiny town of Atlanta, Idaho, is being evacuated today because of another fire that started over the weekend.
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