August 24, 2013 in Idaho

Ketchum, Sun Valley fire evacuees cleared to return

Associated Press
 

BOISE — A central Idaho wildfire is 75 percent contained and all evacuation notices in the resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley have been lifted.

Fire managers say the 173-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire on Saturday hasn’t grown in the last day and that some of the remaining 1,200 personnel assigned to the blaze are leaving for other fires.

Fire spokeswoman Jonetta Trued says firefighters are working on the north and south end of the fire and expect to have it contained by Aug. 31.

The lightning-caused fire started Aug. 7 and destroyed one home and some outbuildings. Only minor injuries have been reported by firefighters.

About 50 miles west the tiny mountain town of Atlanta remains under mandatory evacuation orders due to the 25-square-mile Little Queens Fire burning through timber.

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