A fire along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the state of Idaho’s largest lake has already destroyed 8 buildings 6 of which are homes and forced the evacuation of 300 residents in the upscale community of Bayview. According to a Spokesman-Review article, Disaster declared for Bayview Blaze, “The Naval Acoustics Research Station in Bayview, nearby Farragut State Park and high-use recreation areas on the lake’s shores also are at risk.”
According to a Krem 2 news report, “An evacuation was issued Monday afternoon according to Jason Kirchner with the Forest Service. The evacuation included residents along Perimeter Road from Salee Creek Road east to Cape Horn Road. As of Monday afternoon, a pre-evacuation notice was in effect for
Bayview, east of Main Street and Marietta Street. Firefighters asked residents to prepare a kit with medications, vital documents, pets and pet supplies.”
Crews are having a hard time fighting the fire because of the steep terrain, low humidity, rising temperatures and high winds. They are using air support, ground crews, bulldozers and fireboats to try to fight the fire. There had been red flag warnings and an east wind has been driving the fire. According to the Krem 2 account, “Leaders of the response say they have to be creative to fight this fire. They said their crews are working hard to come up with new ways to contain the flames.”
According to a Yahoo news report the Governor has declared a state of emergency in Bonner and Kootenai counties to secure federal assistance. Thankfully no injuries have been reported at this time. And according to the Spokesman-Review, “An evacuation center remains open at Timberlake High School in Spirit Lake. The Kootenai County Fairgrounds has space for large and small animals and room for owners to camp”
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