Rain Helps Containment of Idaho Willdfires


Idaho's currently largest wildfire, the Big Cougar, has burned 62,500 acres 20 miles south of Lewiston and is now 80 percent contained. Firefighting crews say some overnight rain helped to keep the wildfire from growing. A community meeting was held overnight at Highland School, where residents were briefed on the status of firefighting activities.

The Upper Mica Complex of fires, burning southeast of St. Maries, has burned 215 acres. The lightning-cased blaze is now 100 percent contained.

And the Timber Butte wildfire, burning four miles north of Sweet, has burned 6,797 acres and is 95 percent contained this morning. More than 150 firefighting personnel are on the scene and crews were able to work on the interior of the blaze Wednesday as widespread rain covered the area. Fire crews are expected to turn back management of the fire to local managers by later this evening.

Drier air is expected to move into the area today.