ATLANTA, Idaho — The Little Queens Fire is burning within three miles of the tiny Idaho mountain town of Atlanta, and authorities are telling the remaining citizens to get out.
The fire is 9,500 acres, up from 8,000 acres Tuesday, and firefighters have yet to make any gains in containing the fire, officials said. The blaze is expanding both to the north and the south.
The south flank of the fire has reached the banks of the main Queens River
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials have previously said it is believed to be human-caused.
A mandatory evacuation order was reissued for Atlanta residents, about 20 of whom remained in town to help fight the fire Monday. The order had been downgraded to pre-evacuation status on Tuesday by the Elmore County sheriff.
One hundred fifty people are currently working to contain the fire, not counting the residents who stayed behind to help. An air tanker is heading to the town from Nevada, and a Type 2 Incident Command Team, previously assigned to the Pony Complex, will arrive Thursday.
Four crews, three helicopters and five engines were working to get the fire under control Wednesday morning.
Residents will be allowed to enter and leave Atlanta, but other members of the public are prohibited from coming in, officials said.