Halstead fire forces evacuations
CUSTER TOWN, Idaho (AP) -- The sheriff in central Idaho's Custer County is asking residents of the rural region to evacuate by Friday afternoon because wildfires are getting closer.
The sheriff's office and Custer County Emergency Manager Sandra Coates sent out the evacuation notice Thursday night, warning residents from Sunbeam Store to Loon Creek Summit -- including Custer Town and Jordan Creek -- that if they don't evacuate by 5 p.m. Friday officials cannot guarantee their safety or access to emergency services.
A report from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise shows that the Halstead Fire is burning on 120 square miles about 18 miles northwest of Stanley. The fire is very active, with flames spreading from treetop to treetop and embers starting new blazes far from the main body of the flames.