Firefighters save homes in Cambridge as the community rallies together

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 19:28:21-04

CAMBRIDGE, Idaho — The Woodhead fire northwest of Cambridge on Idaho's western side has burned more than 25,000 acres and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

Spurred by wind gusts, the fire quickly raged out of control, but firefighters were able to save several homes on the north end of town that are now surrounded by charred land.

"We are very proud of the firefighters they were able to save all the homes on this east side of town," said Cambridge Superintendent Anthony Butler. "No structures that I know of burned down, and with the way that fire was blazing, I'm very proud of them, what they were able to do and how they protected our community."

Some of these firefighters worked through the night to save people's homes, and now a crew of 75 firefighters from different organizations and departments works to get this fire contained.

Meanwhile, the community has banded together to ensure their local fire department and all the crews coming to help have enough food, fluids and support.

"That is exactly what our community does," said city clerk Sandra McKee. "If it affects one person, it affects everyone, and everyone rallies together to help one another. We are Cambridge strong."

The city clerk also has displaced community members staying at her house, and that also includes animals and livestock.

Highway 71 west of Cambridge remains closed, firefighters are asking the public to stay out of the area, and on Thursday, school will be canceled for the second day in a row.

"We just had a special board meeting, and we are trying to get the word out to everybody," said Butler. "But, I didn't have anybody show up to the school for help, which just shows the community is taking care of its own."

The fire is currently zero percent contained, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.