Fires force closure of 300,000 acres to recreation

BOISE, Idaho — Boise National Forest officials say they have shut down access to a popular recreation area because of wildfires in the region.

State transportation officials also say they have closed a section of Idaho Highway 21 northwest of Stanley because of a fire that ignited Thursday.

The area closed off to recreationists Thursday in an area encompassing parts of the Middle Fork of the Boise River drainage and the small town of Atlanta. Crews are working to control the Trinity Ridge fire, which ignited Friday and has burned nearly 36 square miles of mountain forest.

Officials have shut down access roads and are advising recreationists to camp, fish or hike elsewhere.

Earlier Thursday, officials reopened a section of Highway 55 near Banks because of the Springs Fire.

More in Local News

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has appealed for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-runs in the state.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Woman confronts man leaving house with stolen item

“He swung at her with a crowbar, missing her.”

Police seek suspect in Wells Fargo bank robbery

He was described as white, in his 30s, heavyset, with blonde hair and a maroon sweatshirt.

Possible bobcat sighting keeps Snohomish students inside

The creature was spotted on the campus of Valley View Middle School around noon.

Stabbing in Everett follows dispute between brothers-in-law

The victim, 54, was hospitalized. The suspect, 29, had not been apprehended Thursday.

Most Read