KOOSKIA — Anticipating possible problems arising from drought weather and thunderstorms, firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, the Bureau of Land Management and the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association were joined in Kamiah by a 20-person Canadian Type 1 hand crew yesterday. At about 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, they were called to action on a fire on state land in the Idaho Department of Lands Maggie Creek supervisory area. Maggie Creek area manager Zoanne Anderson said a crew from the Orofino prison was on station last night, and the interagency task force is set to attack it again today.

The Lewiston Tribune reported the fire was 15 acres in size last night, and Anderson said it remains about the same size this morning.

The fire is burning in timber and grass between Cabin Creek and Swamp Creek 16 miles northeast of Kooskia.

Check back for updates, see the Idaho County Free Press print edition next Wednesday for a full report.

Update (Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m.): A line has been constructed around the Maggie Fire, which started yesterday afternoon as a result of lightning. It is currently estimated at 15 acres between Cabin and Swamp creeks on the Maggie Creek Road.

IDL resources were the first responders and quickly called in the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center initial attack task force to assist. Air attack, helicopters, and single engine air tankers (SEATS) also responded. Firefighters constructed handline around the fire yesterday, and today's work is focused on strengthening that line.

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