Fire Weather Watch in effect; Atlanta residents allowed to return on Wednesday

The Little Queens Fire burnout at night Photo: Image by inciweb.org

Fire Weather Watch in effect; Atlanta residents allowed to return on Wednesday

By Maria Decaney. CREATED Aug 27, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 27, 2013

UPDATE:  The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the town of Atlanta will be open to residents who have a proof of residency starting on Wednesday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m.

Residents will need to meet at Rocky Bar/James Creek road at 10:00 a.m. for an escort up James Creek Road.

The Middle Fork road remains closed to the public.

Officials want Atlanta residents to be prepared for several days when returning to their homes.
There will not be an opportunity to leave and return within the day.

Residents are urged to be careful of firefighting personnel and equipment traveling throughout the area. Other hazards include falling burned trees, ash pits, and burned logs.

Another Fire Weather Watch kicks in at noon today for abundant lightning over the Boise National Forest. The Watch is predicted to continue through tomorrow evening.

Four new fires were discovered yesterday in the forest. Three of the fires were lightning-caused in the Scott Mountain area; another south of Idaho City was human-caused.

The Scott Mountain fires have been contained due to successful initial attack. The fourth fire remains small and is staffed.

The Little Queens Fire is estimated at 23,273 acres and 15% contained.

Burnout operations will continue on Tuesday as long as conditions allow. Crews are making good progress in the southwest corner of the fire, tying in a line from Eagle Creek to the 2003 Hot Creek burn.

A spot fire in the southeast corner in Snowslide Creek below Graylock Mountain was hit with helicopter drops on Monday and is now smoldering.

Hoses are being removed as the threat to the Atlanta fires diminishes.

The Little Queens Fire has a 20% chance of wetting rain today and 40% chance tomorrow, with lightning also expected.

Little Queens fire information is available at www.inciweb.org/incident/3681 or by calling 877-372-8882.

The Boise Fire Information Center is staffed with current information regarding new fires, area and road closures, and recreation information at 384-3266.

Those seeking details about the Stage I fire restrictions currently in effect can visit www.blm.gov/id.