Idaho

Wildfire near Mountain Home destroys 6 homes

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire near Mountain Home burned down six homes and destroyed several outbuildings.

Elmore County Sheriff Rick Layher says the fire was reported at 7:30 p.m. Monday and was fueled by wind gusts of up to 48 mph.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Mallory Eils says 25 to 30 homes in the area were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Layher says he was worried that strong winds would carry the fire toward more homes, but he says firefighters and the BLM quickly got the blaze under control. It burned about 150 acres.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Southwest Idaho was under a red flag warning Sunday and Monday because of high temperatures, low humidity and high winds — conditions conducive to explosive and destructive fires.



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