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Fast moving Little Queens Fire prompts evacuation orders of Atlanta, Idaho

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Fast moving Little Queens Fire prompts evacuation orders of Atlanta, Idaho

By James Cramer. CREATED Aug 19, 2013

ATLANTA, Idaho---The Little Queens Fire burning six miles northwest of Atlanta, Idaho is causing concern for firefighters and residents as a mandatory evacuation order will take effect at noon on August, 19th.

The fire is estimated to be over 2000 acres with InciWeb.org listing the growth potential as “High” in terrain rated as “Extreme”.

According to Incident Commander Julie Thomas, the Boise National Forest has taken over the efforts to stop the fire because resources have been stretched thin due to the Beaver Creek Fire in Sun Valley.

Public Affairs Officer of the Boise National Forest David Olson told KIVI that five engines have been ordered, with an incident team meeting early Tuesday morning to discuss strategies for stopping the Little Queens Fire.

The Closure Order has been implemented on portions of the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests due to the rapid movement of the Little Queens fire. The closed area within the Boise National Forest is generally bounded by the Middle Fork Boise River Road (Forest Road 268) from Atlanta heading west to the junction with the Swanholm Road (Forest Road 327) then north to Trail 057 then east to Forest Road 312 until it meets the Sawtooth Wilderness Boundary, and then south along the Wilderness boundary to Forest Road 205 at its junction with the Middle Fork Boise River Road.

Violations of the Closure Order are punishable by fines of up to $5000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

Stay with Idaho On Your Side for updates about the Little Queen Fire.