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Cape Horn Fire in Bayview

The Cape Horn fire in northern Idaho has destroyed at least six homes and forced about 200 residents in Bayview, a lakeside community, to evacuate as it ballooned to more than 3 square miles Monday. The blaze started Sunday afternoon and burned through a mix of year-round residences and seasonal homes near the southern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest lake and a recreation and fishing destination. The flames have destroyed other buildings such as boat houses and pump houses in the Bayview area that includes expensive homes, especially next to the water.

A view of the Cape Horn fire from an Idaho National Guard Blackhawk helicopter on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015


Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter gets a tour of the Cape Horn fire from an Idaho National Guard Blackhawk helicopter on Thursday, July 9, 2015. He then received a briefing from the incident commander and fire staff at the Incident Command Post (ICP) located near Bayview, Idaho.

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Firefighters on the scene of the Cape Horn fire in Bayview wave to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s motorcade on Thursday, July 9,2015.

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The burned out remains of a ceramic statue is part of a home that was lost in the Cape Horn fire in Bayview.

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This structure was burned to the ground in the Cape Horn fire in Bayview.

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This sign sits in front of a home that was spared in the Cape Horn fire in Bayview.

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Carla Floyd of Northwest Baptist Disaster Relief registers Bayview residents for their brief return to their homes on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Pam Silva of Bayview grabs a few things from her home of 28 years after being evacuated on Sunday during the Cape Horn fire. She was just one of many residents that were escorted by fire and police officials back into their home only to retrieve essentials.

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The sun rises through the smoke over Bayview, Idaho early Tuesday morning. Fire crews work through the night trying to contain the fire that started on Sunday, July 5.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Flames from the Cape Horn fire in Bayview creep closer to homes on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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“It’s a tough piece of ground,” said Randy Lee of Priest Lake Fire Management for Idaho Department of Lands about the Cape Horn fire in Bayview on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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Fire crews gather at Farragut State Park in Athol for a morning briefing about the Cape Horn fire in Bayview on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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A firefighter carries water through a fire camp at Farragut State Park in Athol after a morning briefing about the Cape Horn fire in Bayview on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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“This is terrible,” said Brian Mock as he uses a garden hose to dampen the bushes in front of cabins at MacDonald’s Hudson Bay Resort in Bayview on Monday, July 6, 2014.

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Monday, July 6, 2015


The latest incident report on the fire reported that as of noon, it was burning on 2,000 acres with 0 percent containment, and eight structures were confirmed to have been destroyed, six of them homes.

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A helicopter carries water to douse the fire above Bayview, Idaho on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized using federal funds to help with firefighting costs on the Cape Horn Fire

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“It’s unbelievable,” said Bayview resident Linda Greco as she watches the fire burn on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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“It’s a long way from being over I’m afraid,” said Bayview resident Scott Lillard as he boats past the fire on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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“Did this one make it ,” asked Dave Hamilton, left, as he shows Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Arts a photograph of his home in Bayview as the fire burns on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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