August 20, 2013 in City

Small wildfire burns east of Coeur d’Alene


Firefighters from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests are on scene attacking a 4-acre wildfire just east of Coeur d’Alene, near Wolf Lodge.

The fire is located along Marie Creek 2.5 miles north of Interstate 90 and 5 miles east of the Wolf Lodge exit. Smoke and firefighting aircraft may be visible from the interstate, Forest Service officials said.

The lightning-caused fire was first located late Sunday night and was 1 acre at that time. Firefighters, including helicopters, air tankers and ground crews, spent Monday constructing fire line and dropping retardant to slow and contain the blaze. Firefighting actions today will include additional fire line construction, and water and retardant drops.

Firefighting efforts are complicated by the difficult terrain. The closest private property is located more than a mile to the west, and there are no threats to structures at this time, according to officials

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