Mustang Complex Fire grows

POSTED: 03:15 PM MDT Aug 30, 2012    UPDATED: 11:44 AM MDT Aug 31, 2012 
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LEMHI COUNTY, Idaho -

Residents in an area near Highway 93 in Lemhi County are being asked to leave their homes. 

The Mustang Complex Fire was burning 196,451 acres Thursday and was 11 percent contained. Active fire behavior west of Butcherknife Ridge has prompted county and state officials to issue evacuation orders. As of Thursday morning, Highway 93 was open. The fire had grown about 15,000 acres since Wednesday, and crews expected it grow more because of high temperatures, dry fuel and strong southerly wind gusts.

Different areas are under different evacuation levels:

Under Level3 Evacuations, residents are strongly advised to leave their property immediately as there is an immediate threat to life and safety.

Hull, Hughes and Sheep Creek roads are open to local residents only.

Residents that decide to leave the area are asked to stop by the North Fork Fire Station to leave their name and address for the sheriff. This information will help the sheriff’s office in determining how many residents remain in the area.

The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho announced that it is opening a Welcome Center in Salmon to accommodate victims of the Mustang Complex Fire. The center is in the Salmon Valley Baptist Church at 1140 Cemetery Lane. There are caseworkers on site to provide evacuees with food and shelter. Additional Red Cross volunteers in Idaho Falls and Pocatello on standby, and more resources are ready to travel to Salmon if necessary.

The fire was ignited by lightning July 30.

For more information, call the Fire Information Office at (208) 865-2207.