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Camas County, Idaho

US county information
NameCamas County
Largest cityFairfield
US Area
Total Area1079.02 sq mi (2794.7 km2)
Land Area1074.96 sq mi (2784.1 km2)
Water Area4.06 sq mi (10.5 km2)
Population991 (2000)
Density0.4/km2 (0.92/sq mi)
Named forCamas root.
Time zoneMountain
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/-6: -7/-6

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Camas County is a county in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 Census, the rural county had a population of 991 (2007 estimate: 1,102). The county seat is Fairfield.

Camas County was created by the Idaho Legislature on February 6, 1917, by a partition of Blaine County. It is named for the camas root, or Camassia, a lily-like plant with an edible bulb found in the region, which was used as a food source by Native Americans and settlers.

U.S. Highway 20 runs east-west through the center of the county, at an elevation of just over 5,000 feet (1524 m) above sea level. State Highway 46 runs south to Gooding, connecting to US-20 four miles (6.4 km) east of Fairfield.

The Soldier Mountain ski area, opened in 1948, is 12 miles (19 km) north of Fairfield, in the Soldier Mountains of the Sawtooth National Forest.

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