Two wildfires in Idaho–the Elk Complex Fire and the Pony Complex Fire–have combined to burn over 250,000 acres as of Wednesday morning.
Both fires are southeast of Boise, on the edges of the Boise National Forest.
At least 53 structures in Fall Creek on the western shore of the Anderson Ranch Reservoir have been burned by the fire.
The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday prepared home and cabin owners for the worst after spending three days cutting through downed trees, power poles and other debris.
The Elk Complex Fire burned through Fall Creek Saturday, but it has taken days for law enforcement to assess the situation, given unstable conditions left in the wake of the flames.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for the towns of Pine and Featherville, but no structures have burned in either place.
The fires come amid a red flag warning that means high temperatures and low relative humidity exacerbate danger from the wildfires.
More than 600 firefighters are battling the Elk Complex Fire, which is 10 percent contained, with another 342 battling the Pony Complex Fire, which is 40 percent contained.
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