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Fire closes Craig Mountain wildlife management area



Due to two fires — including one burning near Idaho County’s northern border — Fish and Game has closed the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area 30 miles south of Lewiston. Lightning ignited the fires on Friday, July 14, and the WMA will be closed to the public until further notice past the Deer Creek Road and past Hoover Point to allow for fire crews to battle the fires.  

According to Idaho Department of Lands, the Corral Creek and Powerline fires are burning in remote rangeland. They had grown to about 800 and 1,500 acres, respectively by July 16. The weather is predicted to continue to be hot and dry.

Resources on the two fires include a helicopter and single-engine air tankers. Several engines are also assigned to the Powerline fire.

Fire managers are waiting for the arrival of additional resources including six 20 man crews, engines, dozer and additional air resources. It is anticipated that the Zaza Road will be closed in the near future.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team had been ordered and was expected to arrive July 17. Structures in the vicinity of both fires were not threatened and no evacuations were planned. Dates of containment had not been estimated.

The fire is in the Idaho Department of Lands, Craig Mountain fire protection area. Cooperators include Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and Lewis and Nez Perce county sheriffs offices.



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