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Crews fighting Copeland wildfire east of McCall

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 13:31:22-04

MCCALL, Idaho — UPDATE (8/20, 11:30 a.m.) The Copeland Fire is now 93 acres and is burning five miles east of McCall. The Forest Service said there was moderate fire behavior overnight with smoldering, creeping and minimal isolated interior torching. The fire is burning in timber and sub-alpine fir.

Resources assigned to the fire include multiple helicopters, three engines, two dozers, and 70 firefighters including two hotshot crews.

No structures are threatened at this time and a temporary flight restriction is in place.

UPDATE (8/19, 10:21 p.m.) The estimated size of the Copeland Fire is now 90 acres. Officials say lightning started the fire.

UPDATE (8/19, 12:15 p.m.) The estimated size of the Copeland Fire is now over 75 acres. Four single-engine airtankers, two large airtankers, lead plane, three engines, two dozers, a 10-person handcrew and other ground resources are fighting the fire.

The Valley County Sheriff has issued a road closure on Boulder Creek Road, north of the zipline. Fire officials are asking everyone to avoid National Forest System Road 403 as well.

ORIGINAL STORY: Firefighters are working on the Copeland fire burning east of McCall in the Shaw/Twin Lakes area. The fire was reported around 4 Wednesday morning and is burning on state lands. According to a Facebook post from the U.S. Forest Service - Payette National Forest, the Copeland fire is estimated at 15 acres as of 8 a.m.

A hand crew and three wildland fire engines responded to the fire. Aerial resources also launched Wednesday morning to help the ground-based crews.

In addition to the Copeland fire, crews responded to the Rush Peak fire and the Rock Creek fire on the west side of the Payette National Forest. On the east side of the forest, multiple wildfire starts have been reported.