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Otter, Tidwell touring fire lines, to report this afternoon

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell are touring the central Idaho wildfires today, and will speak to reporters this afternoon at the National Interagency Fire Center. Their tour includes visiting the fire lines and being briefed on the Elk Complex and the Beaver Creek fire, from which the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum are now under pre-evacuation orders.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office issued this alert: “It is recommended that if you do not need to travel north to the Ketchum/Sun Valley area that you avoid doing so.” People in the area are being asked to limit their cell phone use to accommodate emergency services, and stay off Highway 75 where possible to accommodate firefighters and evacuees. Those in mandatory evacuation areas, including Baker Creek, Easley, East Fork, Timber Gulch, Golden Eagle, Greenhorn Gulch and Deer Creek from the Big Wood Bridge west, are being advised to “Take your essential belongings and pet and GO NOW.” 

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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