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Gov. Otter signs Declaration of Disaster Emergency in response to Cape Horn Fire

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The Cape Horn fire has destroyed multiple homes, and additional structures, and consumed more than two thousand acres. More than one hundred firefighters are battling the blaze and more than 200 residents have been evacuated. The Cape Horn fire has destroyed multiple homes, and additional structures, and consumed more than two thousand acres. More than one hundred firefighters are battling the blaze and more than 200 residents have been evacuated.
BAYVIEW, Idaho -

24 hours after the Cape Horn fire started on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency to help with the firefighting costs. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals who have lost homes in the area,” Otter said in a press release on Monday. “We will continue to support the impacted jurisdictions in protecting lives, property and businesses."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Cape Horn Fire. Bonner County, Kootenai County and the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security requested the assistance due to the rapidly moving fire, dangerous fire conditions and the potential for its impact to the residences in the fire’s anticipated path.  

The Cape Horn Fire has already destroyed at least six homes and burned about 2,000 acres of land. Nearby residents have been evacuated as crews continue to fight the blaze. 

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