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Inversion helps northern Idaho crews strengthen fire lines

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An inversion trapping smoke from a group of fires in northern Idaho near Kamiah has slowed the flames and given firefighters a chance to strengthen fire lines. Officials say crews on Tuesday are mopping up hot spots, but teams are mostly on patrol status on the fires that have scorched 74 square miles and destroyed 42 homes. In west-central Idaho, fire managers say a 24-square-mile fire became active Monday and made short uphill runs, torching groups of trees. Officials on Tuesday plan to continue building fire lines and protecting homes from the fire that's about 22 miles northwest of McCall. Seventeen large fires are burning in Idaho, the most in the nation, the National Interagency Fire Center says.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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