Idaho Firefighters Brace for Hot and Windy Conditions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Firefighters battling blazes in Idaho braced for tough conditions Thursday with temperatures expected in the 90s along with winds of 25 mph and low humidity.
Nearly 700 firefighters supported by 39 fire engines and aircraft continue to work on a group of fires near Kamiah in northern Idaho. But containment is only 30 percent on the fires that have scorched 61 square miles.
In west-central Idaho, federal officials closed a portion of the Payette National Forest due to a 10-square mile fire burning about 20 miles northwest of McCall.
Local authorities have lifted evacuation notices along the U.S. Highway 95 corridor.
Fire officials say fire lines were bolstered overnight but list the fire as having not containment due to heavy fuel loads in the area and expected strong winds.