by Andrew Crisp
The Idaho blaze known as the Trinity Ridge Fire is "slowing, cooling and diminishing in intensity," according to Boise National Forest officials.
This morning, the fire reached 56 percent containment, having scorched 145,787 acres since the human-caused fire began. "Overall, the southern and eastern flanks of the fire are looking increasingly secure," according to officials.
A front that could have roused the fire moved through the area Tuesday, with much calmer winds expected throughout today.
To date, the blaze has cost $34.6 million, destroyed four structures and eight outbuildings, and injured 12. More than 1,180 personnel have been called in to help fight the fire, as well as 12 helicopters, 41 engines and two dozers.
Crews continue to prepare the Middle Fork Road for the fire's approach on the western flank. Helicopters slow the fire's movement toward the Middle Fork of the Boise River.
The Boise National Forest, effective Thursday, Sept. 6, will reduce the size of the closure area around the fire. Some hunters have expressed concern the blaze might limit this year's seasons. More information on current closures can be found on Inciweb.org.