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.