PINE, Idaho -- Firefighters say forecast high winds and falling humidity will likely spread the 105,000-acre Trinity Ridge Fire, creating critical fire weather over the weekend.
The main body of the Trinity Ridge Wildfire is currently burning out of control just a few miles from the town.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Advisory for much of the state onFriday. That means winds could blow at gusts of 25 to 30 miles-per-hour throughout the weekend. At the same time, a cold front is also forecast to settle over the state, which could bring lower temperatures, lower humidity, and create much drier conditions.
National Forest Service incident managers say that's exactly what they're prepared for.
Ground and air crews have been conducting a burn out operation for the past three days in Featherville and the surrounding area. The goal has been to eliminate easily combustible fuel that could allow flames from the massive wildfire to race uncontrolled through the community.
Firefighters started the second-phase of the burn out near Featherville on Thursday, and say they've eliminated even more combustible fuels, dead trees, dry brush and other materials.
Fire managers feel increasingly confident in Featherville's ability to survive the oncoming flames.
More than 1,400 fire personnel are battling the flames, and could be on the job for much longer if the high winds spread the fire within the next few days.
Meanwhile, a new incident command team will take over on Friday, replacing a team that has been in place for 14 days.
For more information, see the InciWeb Trinity Ridge Fire website.