Trinity Ridge Fire causes dark smog over Pine and Featherville area
Jennifer Auh reports on Pine and Featherville homeowners waiting for word from firefighters on what to do next as the Trinity Ridge Fire gets closer to their homes. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The waiting game continues in the Pine and Featherville area as the Trinity Ridge Fire continues to make its way toward the mountain towns.
Although there were no formal evacuations ordered in the area, a number of people left their homes, after a dark smoky smog settled over Pine and Featherville about 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
Fire crews described Friday's activity as "extreme" as humidity was lower than expected.
There will be a meeting for the community Saturday morning, Aug. 18th, at 10:30 at the Pine Senior Center. Organizers at the center told us people who need help or assistance can also go to the senior center for food and water.
On Friday, the Idaho National Guard arrived in the area. There was a meeting held for fire crews and the Idaho National Guard to discuss a plan of action.
Gov. Butch Otter who requested assistance from the Idaho National Guard left the area Friday afternoon. He said he will be back later this weekend.
Crews also announced late Friday night they will expand the amount of time residents will have to head into town over the weekend. The road into town will be open between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday to allow people to check on their property. If you plan on going into town, crews urge you to do so early in the day as accessibility could change.
The Trinity Ridge Fire has torched more than 73,000 acres since it sparked August 3rd. It is 5 percent contained.