NEAR LUCILE, Idaho-- Fire crews worked Monday to protect logging equipment and livestock in North Idaho as a wildfire moved through the area.
Authorities said the Sheep Fire sparked early Sunday, seven miles north of Riggins, near Lucile.
The fire spread rapidily and dropped down to Highway 95. Multiple air tankers, a single engine aircraft, and helicopters were called in to help crews get a handle on the blaze.
The John Day Creek drainage area was under evacuation orders and the Slate Creek drainage and Florence Basin were given preliminary notifications. So far, one commercial mining building was lost in the fire.
There are several road closures through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest starting at the Forest Service boundary for all roads: Road 2025- Delmedge Ridge to road 243 and further to 221, From Four Corners Road 221- south to Salmon River Road, Road 354 – closed, Road 441 starting at Mile Post 5, just above the last residence is closed, Road 309 – closed from Buck Meadows to Road 221. Drivers are urged to use caution and resist stopping at pull-outs.
Fire officials are working with logging personnel to protect their equipment. Plans are also underway to help ranchers with their livestock in the area.
There was no estimate how many acres had burned.