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Farragut reopening facilities that were closed due to Cape Horn Fire

Farragut State Park in North Idaho is reopening facilities that were closed due to the Cape Horn Fire, with the Eagle Boat Launch reopening today, day-use and beach areas opening tomorrow and the two campgrounds that had been evacuated, Snowberry and Whitetail, reopening on Friday. Two other major campgrounds at the popular park, Waldron and Gilmore, have remained open throughout the week; the two that were evacuated were closed as a precaution when the initial blast of the fire sent falling embers toward the area. The fire is now 35 percent contained, and is estimated at 1,380 acres, down from an initial estimate of 2,000 acres. There are more than 250 firefighters working to contain the fire, which now has fire lines installed around much of its boundaries. Farragut reports that facilities reopening today include the South Road, with access to the Museum at the Brig, the High Point and Squirrel Cache Trailheads, and the Eagle Boat Launch. On Thursday, Kinglet Road will reopen with access to Farragut’s disc golf complex, the Sunrise and Willow day-use areas, Willow camping cabins, Beaver Bay Beach and Buttonhook Group Camp. On Friday, the Snowberry and Whitetail campgrounds will reopen, as will two group camps: Locust Grove, with access via South and Kinglet roads; and Thimbleberry, with restricted entry from Highway 54. Areas remaining closed until further notice are those accessed by North Road from Highway 54, including the Corral Equestrian Area, the Flyers Field model aircraft flying field, and other north side features at the park. The fire camp for the Cape Horn fire is located within the north end of the park and there is heavy traffic there of fire and emergency response equipment. All park traffic will be via South Road.
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