(POCATELLO, ID) — The number of homes lost in the “Charlotte” Fire has risen sharpely since Thursday. It’s now believed that 66 homes were lost in the blaze that torched over 1,000 acres. The fire began Thursday afternoon, and is still considered active with many hot-spots being attended to. Many areas are back open, but most are still closed, as fire fighters contend with unexploded propane tanks, and downed power lines. Bannock Highway is open up to the area of Country Club, and Johnny Creek is opened up to Arlington. Gibson Jack and the Mink Creek areas are still closed. Fire officials are asking the community to stay out of the area.
Over 1,000 residents were evacuated Thursday, most being taken care of at the Idaho State University’s Holt Arena. The Idaho Chapter of the Red Cross is attending to those who are displaced. Click on our link on this page for donation information if you would like to help those family who have lost their homes.
A hotline has also been set up for those wanting further information on the fire. Call 234-6201 for information.
ALSO: There will be a meeting Friday night at 6:00 at City Hall for those who have been directly affected by the fire.
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Kayla Nelson, Idaho State University Marketing and Communication
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com