Firefighters lay plan as Idaho blaze nears Featherville
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Firefighters are defending the town of Featherville against a wildfire that already has chewed through 140 square miles of central Idaho.
Flames had yet to reach Featherville, which was evacuated two days ago. But if they do, firefighters said they are ready with a planned burnout operation intended to slow the blaze.
The Trinity Ridge Fire has scorched Boise National Forest.
Forest spokesman Dave Olson said fire managers held a community meeting in nearby Pine, urging patience as they waited for the blaze to near their carefully laid trap.
The blaze was still three miles from the town Monday and didn't advance significantly over the weekend.
More than 1,100 firefighting personnel are battling the fire, which started two weeks ago when a utility vehicle caught fire on the side of a roadway.