Crews bolster fire lines to contain central Idaho wildfire
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
LOWMAN, Idaho – Fire officials say work to shore up fire lines and complete burnout operations is continuing Tuesday on a 120-square-mile wildfire burning in central Idaho.
Structure protection remains for homes in the area with residents of about 125 homes told to make preparations for a potential evacuation.
The Banks-Lowman Road remains closed west of Lowman but State Highway 21 is open.
About 1,800 firefighters are battling the blaze that is 50 percent contained but that grew 5 square miles in the last day.
The fire is mostly burning to the north and to the west.
Officials say there’s a chance of thunderstorms over the next several days along with unseasonably warm temperature and low humidity during the day.
But a cooling trend is expected Thursday and Friday.
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