The Brunner Fire has forced evacuations and forced the closure of an Idaho theme park.

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A wildfire burning south-west of Athol, Idaho, forced some residents to flee their homes and forced the closure of the Silverwood Theme Park.

The fire west of the theme park late Friday afternoon spread to 50 acres and destroyed small outbuildings, Kootanai County Search and Rescue Chris Way told The Spokesman-Review.

The fire started on Brunner Road and jumped the street, the Spokane, Wash., newspaper added.

John Carter, a spokesman for the theme park, told around 8,000 people were evacuated from the park, which was done as a precaution, according to Way.

Some families were also forced to leave their homes, and some were unable to return Saturday, reported in an update. Level 3 evacuations, which mean “leave now,” were issued for people living in certain Clagstone, Hunters Grove, and Warren Road areas.

As of late Friday night, the fire had spread to 87 acres, with 30% containment, according to Idaho Department of Lands’ latest update. Along with the outbuildings, potentially two cars were damaged and some houses were without power.

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Throughout the night, ten engines worked alongside four water tenders, a 20-person crew, ten smoke jumpers, and two dozers. According to the update, Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies were distributing door-to-door evacuation notices.

Meanwhile, in southern Oregon, the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, surpassed 400,000 acres with 42% contained, but officials said cooler temperatures and calm winds recently have allowed crews to slow the fire’s growth.

The Bootleg Fire, which started July 6, is Oregon’s third-largest fire in history, and it has forced more than 2,000 people to evacuate and destroyed more than 65 homes.

Some local ranchers in Oregon have found their livestock burned to death and some cattle have gotten lost, lifelong rancher Chet Voght told KGW8.


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