Mountain Towns Evacuated
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews are battling a total of nine big wildfires in Idaho, including one that is chasing residents from two small towns. Hundreds of people in Featherville and Pine packed their belongings Wednesday and cleared out of the way of the blaze expected to hit town later this week. Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire has burned more than 100 square miles in the past two weeks. Campers have already been evacuated, and officials warned residents of nearby Atlanta to evacuate if they have respiratory health problems. Authorities say three people have been injured in the fire. In southeastern Idaho, as many as many as 250 rafters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River were stranded after fires burning in Salmon-Challis National Forest forced authorities to close a key road. Authorities were shuttling rafters to their vehicles.