UPDATE 4:10 PM: The Boise County Sheriff issued a voluntary evacuation notice for people living in the Clear Creek subdivision. That’s because the Avalene fire is burning about a mile away from homes. The subdivision is off Highway 21 about halfway between Boise and Idaho City.
David Olson, a spokesman for Boise National Forest, says the fire has burned 250 acres so far and is not contained.
Olson says the crews have made good progress throughout the day, but the high temperatures and wind could pose a problem. Nearly 150 firefighters are on the ground and air tankers along with helicopters are being used.
The fire is a high priority because of how close it is to residents. Firefighters from Nevada and Utah have been called in to help along with a special management team.
11:28 AM: A wildfire off Highway 21 is threatening the Clear Creek Subdivision in Boise County. The Avelene fire started Tuesday.
Two hotshot crews are defending 20 homes in the area near Grimes Creek Road. Altogether, 100 homes are threatened. There have been no evacuations yet, but the Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator says they are planning for evacuations.
Engines, hand crews, helicopters, and air tankers are being used to fight the fire.
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