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Cape Horn Fire in North Idaho Containment Raised to 35 Percent as Blaze Enters Third Day

'More accurate mapping' reduces burn area to 1,380 acres


Members of the north Idaho community of Bayview were reportedly in good spirits at an information meeting hosted Tuesday night by fire officials, who answered questions and heard concerns from residents regarding the status of the Cape Horn fire, which has been burning near the small lakeside town since July 5.

Located on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, the Cape Horn fire has been reduced in size from the previously reported 2,000 acres to 1,380 acres, following use of "more accurate mapping techniques," according to incident reporting website InciWeb. However, as of July 8 at 8 a.m., containment was pegged at 35 percent.

According to the Sandpoint Reader, which reported on the Bayview community meeting on its Facebook page, a total of 295 personnel are working the fire, including nine 20-person crews, eight engines, two air tankers, four helicopters, three fireboats, two sheriff's boats, three bulldozers and two water tenders. Nearly 300 people attended the July 7 evening meeting, with another information meeting scheduled for tonight.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Cape Horn and a pre-evacuation notice stands for parts of Bayview as 287 structures remain threatened. A total of eight structures have been destroyed, including six homes. No injuries have been reported.

Crews have installed fireline around much of the burn area, with temperatures expected to hit a high of 86 degrees with north winds between 7 and 10 miles per hour. Smoke has affected the region's air quality, and the Spokesman-Review reports a wildfire smoke advisory is in effect for Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties. The cause of the blaze remains unknown.

Footage recorded July 6 by Mark Magill