Faith in firefighters keep Pine residents optimistic as fire nears homes in countryside community
Eric Fink reports from the fire lines of the Trinity Ridge Fire in Pine. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Another day of the unknown as Pine homeowner Chuck Curtis breathes in the smoky air that clouds his town.
The 57-year-old sits and waits, wondering if the fast-moving Trinity Ridge Fire, now one-mile from neighboring Featherville, will force he and his wife from their cabin they've owned for close to a decade.
"We love it up here," Curtis said, "15 years ago we bought property and about 10 years ago we started to build our cabin, our dream. We're hoping for the best. I hope these firefighters can preserve our beautiful environment."
More than 1,100 firefighters are battling this huge wildfire that has torched close to 105,000 acres.
Jody Wert and her husband first came to Pine in 2000 to visit friends and never left.
Wert fears the fire will destroy the prestine wilderness she cherishes.
"We built a cabin here and forgot to go home," Wert said. "It breaks my heart, but, you know, we're here. We'll take it whether it's green or it's black."