Update On North Idaho Wildfire: Wednesday Storms Could Cause More Problems

Jul 8, 2015

A wildfire burning near the Idaho town of Bayview didn't change much overnight.

The fire remains at about 2,000 acres and has destroyed at least six homes.

Fire spokesman Geremy Olsen says fire crews are hoping to make progress Wednesday in containing the fire, if weather cooperates.

Olsen says progress depends on winds staying down. He also says there are predictions of thunderstorms in the Idaho panhandle, which could spark new fires.

Bayview is located on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille (PAHN-duh-ray) and the fire started on Sunday.

Gov. Butch Otter on Monday declared Kootenai and Bonner counties a disaster emergency area, a necessary step in securing federal funds. Residents of the Bayview area also were asked Monday to voluntarily evacuate the town.