Fire officials reported no major developments Monday at the Trinity Ridge Fire burning in the area of the Middle Fork of the Boise River, but Tuesday could be a different story.
Community meetings are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the senior center in Pine and for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Idaho City Community Hall.
The Featherville and Paradise areas are still under an evacuation order and the Pine to Featherville Road is closed by the fire, which is only 5 percent contained and has burned more than 90,000 acres.
The forecast calls for the wind direction to shift from the northwest to the southeast early Tuesday, and then to the southwest by the afternoon. If this happens, fire crews might be able to utilize burnouts to push the fire away from developed areas.
It could be good news for Featherville, which has been under siege since Wednesday, when officials started warning of evacuations and possible destruction.
Crews fighting the Trinity Ridge Fire got help Monday from 101 Idaho National Guard soldiers and airmen who departed Gowen Field to assist efforts. The men and women will provide checkpoint security and helicopter support to the incident commander. Additionally, one Idaho Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter will be based near Pine in order to provide rapid evacuation for any medical emergency that might arise.
Northwest of Stanley, the 91,987-acre fire is 5 percent contained. Residents from Sunbeam Store to Loon Creek Summit, including Custer Town and Jordan Creek, were evacuated Friday. The Red Cross has set up a shelter for evacuees at 3098 Cedar St. in Bellevue. Call (800) 853-2570 and select option No. 1 for help.
The 89,859-acre blaze, just 6 percent contained, is still moving into the Salmon River drainage, east to Spring Creek and north toward Montana.
A community meeting is planned for Wednesday at North Fork; more information will come Tuesday.
The 6,150-acre blaze between Banks and Garden Valley in Boise County was contained Sunday.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428