ATHOL, Idaho — Update: Kootenai County Emergency Management (KCEM) has lifted all evacuations for the Sarah Loop fire in Athol, Idaho, on Wednesday.
The evacuations lifted also included the boundary that was designated as a Level 1 (GET READY TO LEAVE) zone. KCEM is asking residents to keep monitoring official pages for the most up-to-date information.
Earlier on Tuesday, residents within the city limits of Athol were being told to evacuate.
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue Chief Christopher Way says the fire is just under 60 acres in size and no homes were lost. 10-12 aircraft are working to put out the fire. Two outbuildings were damaged in the blaze.
At this time, the fire is 70-80% contained.
According to 511 Idaho, both directions of State Highway 54 are blocked between North Revelation Court and U.S. 95 northbound.
An updated evacuation map can be found below:
The Timberlake Fire Department is responding to this fire. Athol is a community of 724 people and is 570 acres in size.
KCEM says residents in the Athol area may return home, but should continue to monitor official sources for the most updated information.
The North Idaho State Fair at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds announced on Facebook that they are willing to take in all 4-H, FFA, Independent and open class animals from Athol immediately.
On Facebook, Silverwood Theme Park said they are currently in close communication with the local fire department are continuing operations. There are no evacuations for Silverwood at this time.
Kootenai Electric Cooperative says they have de-energized some power lines in the area of the fire and may be asked to de-energize more if conditions worsen.
KCEM says residents with questions regarding the fire can call citizen inquiry at (208) 446-2292.
KREM 2 has crews on scene gathering more information.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available.
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