POCATELLO -- On Friday, Pocatello police began to lift some evacuations and road closures as crews continued to work on the devastating Charlotte Fire.

Although there is progress, firefighting continues with hotspots still active. The fast-moving wildfire started Thursday afternoon and forced around 2,000 people to evacuate.

Huge flames carried by strong winds barreled through bone-dry grass and brush. With little warning the fire destroyed at least 66 homes in its path.

My tenants called me and they got out with the shirt on their backs basically, and told me that they did everything they could and that it was probably going to go, homeowner Chris Walker said.

I was just really worried, I was trying to stay calm and just kind of think through the situation but I was honestly really concerned, evacuee Janeal James said.

Some now know their homes have been leveled by fire. One family found nearly everything gone with charred bricks about all that remain.

Volunteers helped evacuees at safety shelters. Insurance agents are also working at shelters to help homeowners who've lost their houses.

Just looking in their eyes, most of them I saw they were scared, they didn't know what would happen next, they didn't know where they would go, volunteer PFC Tanner Teichert.

On Friday, police lifted some evacuations allowing some families to go back and take a look, but some have found they won't have much to go back to.

Fire officials haven't released details about what exactly started the more than 1,000 acre fire, but they do say it is human-caused.

Some of the Pocatello evacuees went to a meeting Friday night and were told they would likely remain out of their homes until at least Monday.

The mayor of Pocatello said today the fire response alone will cost $1.5 to $2 million. County assessors estimate the cost of home damage is $7.6 million.

Read or Share this story: