Wildfire Alert: Sarah Loop Fire – Current as of 5:30 pm PT on 8/15/2023

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Evacuations Ordered, Sarah Loop Fire Near Athol Burns Nearly 60 Acres


Athol, Idaho – Firefighters are on scene and battling the Sarah Loop Fire, which was reported to dispatch at 2:55 pm PT.

The wildfire is burning near Athol approximately 1.5 miles west of Highway 95 near the intersection of N. Targhee St. and E. Sarah Loop.

Evacuations have been ordered by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Evacuation information is available online from Kootenai County Emergency Management:

The fire is estimated to have burned just under 60 acres and is partially lined.

Aircraft battling the blaze include two Very Large Airtankers (VLAT), one Type 1 Chinook Helicopter, two Large Airtankers, and four Fire Boss aircraft. In addition to crews and equipment from local fire departments, the ground attack includes three hand crews, six engines and two water tenders. An additional hand crew is enroute.

Air resources were diverted from the Ridge Creek Fire.

Fire officials urge the public to steer clear of the area and to never fly a drone near a wildfire. If your drone is in the air, our aircraft fighting the fire must be grounded, which puts lives and property at risk.


Scott Phillips

Idaho Department of Lands