PINE, Idaho - Two fast-growing wildfires have burned more than 310 square miles of land in south-central Idaho and the smaller of the two forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes near Pine, a small mountain town besieged by fires for the second straight summer.
The lightning-caused fires started late last week and have led to the closure of more than 1,200-square-miles of Boise National Forest land. The blazes have also prompted evacuations from the small communities of Prairie and Mayfield.
One of those fires, the Elk Complex Fire, has so far charred more than 125-square-miles and is now the nation's top wildfire priority, according to federal wildfire officials. The second collection of fires, the Pony Complex, is less than 50 miles away and so far has scorched more than 187 square miles and has burned two cabins and an outbuilding.