BOISE -- The cost of fighting wildfires in Idaho continues to mount.
The U.S. Forest Service has spent more than $4 million battling the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, which has burned 37,044 acres and is only 5 percent contained.
Officials say they have reassessed some of the damage, and put the total Forest Service buildings lost in the fire at eight. That's up from an earlier estimate of seven buildings. Several buildings in an office complex were destroyed, along with a guard station and four out buildings. Two rental cabins were not burned in the fire as previously thought.
A red flag warning is still in effect. High temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds are in the forecast today. Fire managers are very concerned these conditions will rapidly spread the fire.
There are 646 personnel assigned to fighting the Trinity Ridge Fire. Resources include 15 engines, two dozers, 13 water tenders and several helicopters.
Crews are focusing their efforts on keeping the fire out of the community of Featherville and surrounding areas. Protection of these areas remains a top priority.
All areas around Arrowrock, Fall Creek and Twin Springs areas remain open.
Dutch Creek, Swanholm, Weatherby and Queen River Campground have all been evacuated. Those with respiratory health conditions in Atlanta are advised to evacuate. Recreationists in Atlanta need to evacuate.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office has closed the road through Pine and Featherville. Only residents in the Pine and Featherville areas will be allowed access through the road blocks. Residents will be required to show proof of residency at the road blocks before being allowed to enter the area.
The road closure will be in effect at the following locations:
‐Intersection of Highway 20 and FH 61 (Pine‐Featherville Road)
‐Intersection of Lester Creek Road and Lake Creek Road
‐Forest Service Shake Creek Guard Station East of Featherville
The area is closed for public safety and protection from hazards associated with wildfire.