Firefighters struggle to contain blazes as Soda Fire becomes largest in US

Wildfire Soda Idaho 16 August 2015

Firefighters across the northern Rocky mountains and the Pacific northwest are trying to contain flames that have been fed by drought. Photograph: Joshua Bessex/AP

Idaho fire burns 265,000 acres of land as winds help stoke wildfires sweeping across the Pacific northwest and elsewhere on Saturday

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2,000 snow geese die in US, avian cholera suspected

Two thousand migrating snow geese, as one seen here, have died in the northwestern US state of Idaho likely due to avian cholera, according to the state’s fish and game department (AFP Photo/Holger Hollemann)

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Suspect arrested after 3 killed in Idaho shooting spree

Police officers talk ouside while emergency medical technicians aid one of the shooting victims in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. Police say a gunman killed three people and critically wounded another during a spree at three locations in Moscow, Idaho. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)

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Yellowstone Region’s Earthquake Threat Larger Than Previously Estimated, Scientists Say

A close-up photo of one of Yellowstone National Park’s thermal features. Yellowstone holds the Earth’s most diverse collection of geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles, according to the National Park Service. (Dave Reichert)

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United Airlines Makes Emergency Landing in Idaho

(AP) – A United Airlines 737 flying from Seattle to Houston made an emergency landing in Idaho after one of its two engines apparently shut down.

Police say the airplane landed safely at the Pocatello Regional Airport just after 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The airline said the plane’s 116 passengers were waiting at the terminal for a replacement airplane to arrive, which was expected to happen Tuesday morning. The plane also had six crew members.

Pocatello airport manager David Allen tells KPVI-TV that an engine on the airplane shut down and Pocatello was the closest suitable airport to make an emergency landing.

United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm sent an email to The Associated Press saying the plane was diverted to Pocatello due to “an issue with an engine” that maintenance workers were reviewing.

1000 Firefighters Expected to Fight Idaho “Little Queens” Fire

Mandatory evacuation order begins at noon today in Atlanta

Mandatory evacuation order begins at noon today in Atlanta

Credit: David Olson, Boise National Forest   A plume of smoke rises from the 1,000-acre Little Queens Fire near Atlanta, Idaho


Posted on August 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM  –  Updated today at 10:02 AM

ATLANTA, Idaho — The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in the rural community of Atlanta. The order begins Monday at 12 p.m.

The evacuation should affect about 60 households, according to Sawtooth National Forest spokeswoman Julie Thomas.

Thomas says the 1,000-acre fire is burning about 6 miles northwest of Atlanta in the Sawtooth Wilderness. She says high winds caused the fire to burn closer to homes on Sunday afternoon.

“It is very clear to us that the southern end of the fire is rapidly expanding,” Thomas told KTVB.

When asked how area homeowners were taking the evacuation notice, Thomas observed that many have been reluctant, but emphasized the importance of following the evacuation orders.

“We’re just really hoping that folks take this seriously, and do that for their safety,” Thomas said.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is holding a community meeting Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Beaver Lodge for residents affected by the fire.

Only about 40 firefighters are currently staffing the fire at this time. However, up to 1,000 personnel, including a type II regional incident command team from Utah, are expected to reach the community Monday evening.

Thomas says many of those firefighters may be released from other fires in Idaho to help protect homes near Atlanta.

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Residents evacuated, vacationers flee Idaho’s massive fire

Evacuation order in Idaho’s Beaver Creek Fire expands to 1,600 homes

by Associated Press & KTVB

BOISE — About 1,600 homes were evacuated in central Idaho as fire officials took precautions ahead of a large, unpredictable blaze burning east through sage and pine trees toward the resort communities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Fire officials said Friday high, gusty winds, low humidity and tinder-dry vegetation created unstable conditions surrounding the 85-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire.

One home was destroyed Thursday night, said Bronwyn Nickel, a spokeswoman for Blaine County, where the fire is burning.

More than 800 state and federal firefighters were dispatched to the blaze in the affluent resort region that’s a second home to celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis.

In addition, private insurers have sent in their own crews to provide structural protection for homes with values that can reach tens of millions of dollars, Nickel said.

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Boy, 19, commits suicide after sheriff’s office posts ‘bullying’ message about him on Facebook

  • Andrew Cain, from Pullman, Washington, fatally shot himself on Sunday

  • His sister is demanding an apology from the Idaho sheriff’s office

  • Sheriff’s team posted Facebook ‘wanted’ poster with Cain’s photograph

  • Alise Smith said comments about poster became too much for her brother


A 19-year-old man committed suicide following a sarcastic Facebook post about his arrest warrant by his local sheriff’s office, his family said.

The sister of Andrew Cain is demanding an apology from an Idaho sheriff’s deputy she says harassed her brother on the social networking site in the days before his death.

Alise Smith said her brother’s decision to end his life was his own, but she believes the comments that he received about arrest warrants in Latah County became too much for him.

Andrew Cain fatally shot himself on Sunday following a 'wanted' message posted to Facebook about his arrest warrant by his local sheriff's office

Andrew Cain fatally shot himself on Sunday following a ‘wanted’ message posted to Facebook about his arrest warrant by his local sheriff’s office

The sheriff’s office in Idaho posted a picture of Andrew Cain with the message: ‘We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week… he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!’

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