Burnout operation working in central Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Fire officials say a burnout maneuver has been successful in reducing fuels between Featherville and the 187-square-mile wildfire that forced the central Idaho community to evacuate a week ago.
Officials say a mile-long line of the burnout merged with the main fire sometime Saturday morning or Friday night a quarter-mile from town. About 350 homes are located in Featherville and the surrounding area.
Fire spokesman Gary Lehnhausen says 12 structures have been lost, including two U.S. Forest Service rental cabins.
The fire started Aug. 3 when a utility terrain vehicle caught fire.
Officials say three firefighters were injured Saturday when a large log rolled down an embankment into the crew. Two of the firefighters were transported to Boise for treatment, one with a minor head injury and the other with injuries to the back, neck and shoulders.
Photo courtesy Kara Greer/US Forest Service