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EUREKA – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 10 homes and 30 outbuildings were destroyed in the Caribou fire burning near Eureka.

However, officials say this is still an unofficial number as they are still assessing the damage. They hope to have a more accurate count sometime Tuesday.

All told, More than 420 homes have been evacuated or are in pre-evacuation in the West Kootenai area.

The Caribou fire burning 20 miles northeast from Eureka rapidly expanded Friday evening, growing more than 1,500 acres overnight making it the Type Two team’s main priority.

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With a number of structures being threatened and some already lost the Caribou fire has been bumped up to the number one priority in the nation for resources needed.

The Red Cross is running a shelter at the Church of God in Eureka on Second Avenue behind First Interstate Bank. All evacuees are welcome at the shelter, and all Red Cross services are free.

A fire information line at (406) 272-2082 is available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

– information from Jack Ginsburg included in this report.