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Heat Stifles Firefighters

From Staff And Wire Reports

A fire started by a lightning strike Tuesday in the Boise National Forest was expected to be contained tonight.

The Whiskey Fire, four miles north of Trinity Lake and 45 miles east of Boise, had reached 417 acres on Friday and was burning in thick subalpine fir. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened.

“The hot weather, low humidity and extreme fire danger are hampering suppression efforts, making it difficult to bring the fire under control,” fire management officer Steve Raddatz said.

A total of 333 personnel were committed to the blaze as helicopters, air tankers and fire engines on the ground continued attacking the flames.

Forest officials said full containment was expected tonight and control Sunday night.

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