Homeowners near Karney Fire still on alert

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by Stephanie Zepelin

NWCN.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:37 PM

BOISE COUNTY -- The Karney Fire jumped fire lines Tuesday, growing to more than 400 acres by Wednesday night. However, firefighters gained ground, with 20% containment as of Wednesday. Crews were able to re-establish the line along a ridge between several homes overnight thanks to several retardant drops.

"It's just been a really scary summer," said Robin Thorngren, who lives in Wilderness Ranch.

With the Trinity Ridge Fire on one side and the Karney Fire on the other, folks in Wilderness Ranch were on alert.

"It was scary. Even though it seemed like it was about a mile away from where we live, the embers were coming over and landing on the truck and everything," said Gonzalo Mejia.

With voluntary evacuations, some folks chose to leave. Others, like Michale Ifft, stayed with their homes.

"I see the way the fire's been moving. It's kind of scary because you can't predict fire," said Ifft.

He went outside and took pictures from his home in Wilderness Ranch. Robin Thorngren also watched the fire move closer and closer to her home Tuesday night.

"We didn't know how far it would come down off the ridge, so we feel very fortunate that we live as low as we do here in the ranch,
 said Thorngren.

Thorngren has lived in Wilderness Ranch for 16 years. She knows about the fire risk.

"It's a real scary place to live, it really is up here in the mountains," she said. "Without rain or without some bad weather it's going to be like this until the snow falls."

This week, Thorngren got ready to go.

"(We) got all the things we can't ever replace put in a pile and ready to go."

Wilderness Ranch is a fire wise community. Homeowners do what they can to protect their homes.

"We have enough hose that we can take it all the way to the top peak and then just let it run down the sides of the house," said Thorngren.

Thorgren said she and her neighbors help each other out.

"We're very thankful for that, that we live in a tight-knit community like this where everybody looks out for each other," she said.

Boise County is getting help with firefighting costs from FEMA. Those federal funds will pay up to 75% of eligible costs. Specifically, the funding will help offset  the costs of structure protection in the Robie Creek and Wilderness Ranch areas.  
 

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