Idaho Wildfire Comes Close to Casino, Closes U.S. 95 Temporarily



Idaho's newest wildfire, the Central Grade Fire, has burned more than 2,400 acres of North-Central Idaho and caused the temporary closure of a portion of U.S. 95, Idaho's main north-south arterial, and U.S. 12 over the weekend.

The Central Grade Fire is burning grass on very steep terrain adjacent to the Clearwater Casino, just outside of Lewiston. Two 20-person Forest Service crews, eight engines, two helicopters, one air tanker and another air attack plane are on the scene.

Meanwhile, the Whiskey Complex of fires is now reported to be fully contained, as crews continue to mop up the Grimes and Wash fires. The Whiskey Complex burned more than 9,400 acres in the Boise National Forest.

And the Mack Fire, after burning approximately 229 acres, is now 100 percent contained. Three local hotshot crews are finishing mopping up the scene today. Firefighters caution that isolated smoke will be visible for days ahead in the area, but that's from interior burning as the fire lines are secure.

The Boise County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuations in the area.

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