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Cooler temperatures help slow central Idaho wildfire

Associated Press

LOWMAN, Idaho – Cooler temperatures and reduced winds have helped firefighters battling a central Idaho wildfire that remained at about 100 square miles Wednesday.

But fire officials said the small town of Lowman is still in danger and the Banks-Lowman Road remains closed.

About 1,600 firefighters are battling the blaze burning timber in rugged terrain that for several weeks had been unstoppable.

Fire officials said they plan to take advantage Wednesday of temperatures in the 60s and 70s to strengthen fire lines protecting the town.

Structure protection is also in place in Lowman, including a sprinkler system to water down homes.

The evacuation level has been reduced to the lowest level, requiring residents to be alert for changes.

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