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Idaho Town Evacuated as Wildfires Rage

Posted by feww on August 10, 2013

The town of Prairie and Fall Creek area under mandatory evacuation due to Pony Complex Fire

Lightning sparked 11 fires Thursday night resulting in the Pony Complex fire, which has since consumed about 40 square miles.

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Red Flag Warnings were in effect for large swathes of western and northwestern United States, as of posting.

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Pony Complex Fire – Mountain Home, Idaho. Source: BLM – Boise

Inciweb Report:

A thunderstorm that moved through Mountain Home, Idaho late Thursday evening sparked at least eleven new fires on the Boise District BLM. Several of the fires north of Mountain Home have burned together due to the relative close proximity of their ignitions and a high rate of spread. Fire managers are estimating the total acreage for all the fires is now over 30,000 acres. This includes the Dixie and Village fires that started on the Boise National Forest. These fires are under full suppression strategies and are aggressively being fought by multiple agencies.

The following fires are included in the Pony Complex.

1. MM 111 Hwy 20-12,000 acres. Along Hwy 20 north of Mountain Home.

2. Long Tom-12,000 acres. 4 miles southwest of Anderson Ranch Reservoir.

3. Air-200 acres. 2 miles south of Mountain Home Air Force Base.

4. Mudd-8,000 acres. 9 miles north of Mountain Home.

5. MM 99 I-84-400 acres. Mile marker 99 on Interstate 84.

6. Longhorn-500 acres. 9 miles north of Mountain Home.

The South Fork of the Boise River Road and access to Prairie via Black’s Creek Road, Cow Creek Road and the Dixie Cutoff remains closed due to fire activity.

Date of Origin: Thursday August 08th, 2013 approx. 09:00 PM
Location:  Mountain Home, Idaho
Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: High

Wind Conditions: 10 mph SE
Temperature: 90 degrees
Humidity: 8%
Comments: “This wildfire is especially dangerous because of how fast it’s moving.”

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