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Trinity Ridge fire 100 percent contained, hazards continue in fire areas…

The Trinity Ridge fire, which threatened the towns of Pine and Featherville and blazed across more than 146,000 acres for more than two months, has now been fully contained. After that official designation came on Monday, an inch of rain fell on it Monday and Tuesday, helping further dampen the still-smoldering blaze. Meanwhile, at least eight active wildfires still are burning in Idaho, most of them smoldering or creeping, though their growth has been dampened by the change in weather. Several fires continue to burn in north-central Idaho.

The Halstead fire 18 miles northwest of Stanley is 65 percent contained; the Wesley fire 12 miles northwest of New Meadows is 50 percent contained with an estimated containment of Nov. 1; and the giant Mustang Complex fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, which covers 340,659 acres, is 59 percent contained with an estimated containment date of Oct. 30.

Some closures continue in the fire areas, and hazards include falling and rolling trees and snags, fire officials report. Rehab work already has started in the Trinity Ridge area, including erosion control work aimed at limiting damage when the post-fire spring runoff hits. That fire started Aug. 3.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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