'Pretty grim' forecast for
Dozens have been evacuated from Gates of the Mountains Wilderness area
The Associated Press, July 27, 2007
The fire in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness had grown from 2,200 acres to 4,050 acres more than 6 square miles by Thursday evening.
The evacuations come a day after residents in 30 nearly homes were asked to leave. Those residents initially refused, though most had gone by Thursday afternoon with the fire less than two miles away, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Cheryl Liedle said.
The blaze blew smoke into the
Jerry Meyer with the U.S. Forest Service said conditions were only expected to worsen with more hot, dry weather in the forecast.
"The outlook is pretty grim," Meyer said.
Meanwhile, a helicopter dropping water on fires in
One of the pilots was treated at a hospital and released while the other was being held for observation, Forest Service spokesman George Broyles said. He declined to identify them or give details of their injuries.
Two generators restored electricity to all 1,300 residents of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation on Thursday. The community of Shoshone and Paiute Indians on the Idaho-Nevada border was without power for nearly eight days due to wildfires that torched transmission lines and power poles.
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