BOISE -- About 35 residents of Atlanta, Idaho have been told to evacuate for the second time in two days due to a large wildfire burning nearby.
The 7,000-acre Little Queens Fire is now about two miles northwest of the historic mining town, which is located about 3 hours north of Boise in the Sawtooth Wildernerness.
Dave Olson with the Boise National Forest says increased fire activity pushed the flames closer to town on Tuesday. He says that's why Elmore County authorities made the decision to go from a voluntary pre-evacuation status to a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday night.
The town had previously evacuated Monday afternoon, but had downgraded its evacuation status later that evening.
- The latest reports from Inciweb.org place the fire's location near the main Queen's River.
- A heavy air tanker from Nevada is expected to make retardant drops near the fire's southern flank on Wednesday.
- Two fire crews are said to be on scene, as well as three engines.
- Fire managers are expecting a type II incident management team to arrive at some point to help manage the fire.
Authorities hope Wednesday's weather conditions could bring winds from the south, which would push the fire away from Atlanta.