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Eye On Boise

Late-season Idaho blaze now 60% contained

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO CITY, Idaho (AP) — Nearly 600 firefighters have arrived at a late-season wildfire burning in mountains about 40 miles northeast of Boise and on Friday had it 60 percent contained. Fire officials say eight helicopters are also taking part fighting the human-caused blaze that started Saturday and destroyed three cabins. Officials say a burnout operation on Thursday succeeded, and fire lines are holding on the southern, western and eastern edges. Officials say good progress is being made on establishing containment lines around the entire fire perimeter. There are no evacuation orders currently in place and residents are allowed to return to their homes.

However, air quality in Boise continues to be severely impacted by smoke from the fire. Though today's air quality was forecast to improve to the moderate range, two monitors in east Boise, at St. Luke's and at the Boise Fire Station, showed red-alert unhealthy readings at 9 a.m. today, with an air quality index of 165 at the fire station and 170 at St. Luke's.

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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