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Cape Horn Fire in North Idaho Still Uncontained

Regional Firefighters Join the Effort

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The 2,000-acre Cape Horn fire burning on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille remained uncontained on Tuesday, July 7—the second day of the blaze. 

According to an update from fire managers, as of 7 a.m. on July 7, evacuation orders remained in effect for areas around Cape Horn while residents in the nearby lakeside town of Bayview have been issued a pre-evacuation notice. Battling the fire in rugged terrain, crews have managed to install fireline around much of the burning area. However, the weather may hamper efforts with thunderstorms and gusty winds expected.

Meanwhile, the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department announced Monday on Facebook that both Moscow and Potlatch volunteers would travel north to assist the 150 personnel already on the scene. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter declared a Disaster Emergency for both Bonner and Kootenai counties on Monday, enabling the use of federal funds to help battle the fire.

The Cape Horn fire was reported shortly after noon on July 5. No cause has been identified, but the blaze is believed to have started near the shoreline and spread up the steep hillside. So far eight structures—including six homes—have been reported consumed on the eastern half of Cape Horn. No injuries have been reported.