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Firefighters battling several brush fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport

UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

An airplane drops retardant on a fire burning near the airport in Hayden, Idaho. (Gavin Broadwater / courtesy photo)
An airplane drops retardant on a fire burning near the airport in Hayden, Idaho. (Gavin Broadwater / courtesy photo)

North Idaho firefighters are battling several small brush fires near the Coeur d’Alene Airport.

Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews were battling about seven fires, though none have grown to the size of a wildfire. The first blazes sparked up at about 2 p.m. and spread from there.

“It’s kind of crazy right now,” he said. “No cause right now but lots of action.”

Shoshana Cooper, public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service in North Idaho, said the fires are burning to the northwest, south and east of the airport near Highway 95. She said they’re burning mostly grass and brush and are not affecting any structures. As of 3:30 p.m., no structures had been lost.

Multiple aircrafts were sent in to drop retardant on the blazes, but firefighters weren’t sure early Monday afternoon how large the fires had grown.

This story is developing and will be updated.


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