Idaho fires now moving toward Pine

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by Stephanie Zepelin

KREM.com

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 11 at 7:00 AM

ELMORE COUNTY -- Elmore County Sheriff's deputies went looking for about 200 people to evacuate due to the Pony Complex and Elk Creek Complex fires. Windy conditions have aided in the growth of both fires.

The Pony Complex, located on the south side of the Boise River, is 52,000 acres. On the northern side of the Boise River, the Elk Creek Complex reached 35,000 acres.

The Elk Creek Complex fire moved 4-6 miles Northeast, toward the town of Pine. There will be a public meeting in Pine Sunday at 6pm.

Structure protection is still in place in Prairie.

While residents were asked to leave the area, fire crews were coming in.

"Both fires are going to be taken over by incident management teams that are coming in tonight for managing those fires," said Carrie Bilbao with the Boise District Bureau of Land Management.

While battling those fire complexes, the what's being called the Regina Fire started across the highway.

"The cause appears to be shooting related, potentially an exploding target," said Bilbao. "The individual was on scene, they did cooperate. So I believe they could be cited and potentially be responsible for the suppression costs of the fire."

It's a reminder that exploding targets are illegal on public lands.

"Our air attack was in the air, they saw it pop up and within five minutes, they were out here," said Bilbao.

Bureau of Land Management officials expect continued growth from the Pony and Elk Creek Complex Fires, with no word on containment.

They told us they have not lost a home yet on the Pony Complex, no word if structures were lost on the Elk Creek Complex.

Fire managers say weather forecasts look like there will be more fire growth over the next several days.

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