UPDATE, 7/16: Forest officials say hard work has resulted in a 60 percent containment of the Howell Fire, burning near Albion. A new containment time is now expected this evening, Friday, 7/16. High winds Thursday night forced fire crews out of the trees and watch for spotting. The road to Howell Canyon has now reopened to the public, but people are asked to be careful and watch for firefighters and equipment in the area.
ALBION, Idaho (KLIX)-Fire managers expect to have a fire burning near Albion to be under control by July 17. The U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest said the Howell Fire is burning mainly in timber and brush on the Minidoka Ranger District about four miles east of the Pomerelle ski area. The human cause fire was first reported Wednesday afternoon in Howell Canyon. Containment of the fire was expected this evening as A Type 3 Incident Management Team took control of operations. Fire crews focused their efforts on Connor Ridge protecting structures and logging operations. The Howell Canyon Road remains closed to the public for their safety.

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