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Highway 55 fire now completely contained

Posted: 11:03 AM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 17:03:01Z

Fire crews have now completely contained the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 fire that has been burning about four miles north of Horseshoe Bend.

The fire scorched some 4,630 acres. Crews achieved complete containment about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The 105 personnel on the firelines will continue to monitor the fire’s perimeter and extinguish hotspots along the fire’s edge. The number of resources will be reduced to meet the needs of monitoring and mop-up. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“As resources begin fireline repair and removing equipment from secured areas of the fire, motorists may encounter higher numbers of fire vehicles and people working on or near the highway,” according to an Idaho Department of Lands news release.

Motorists are advised to use extra caution and reduce speeds if they encounter fire crews or equipment. 

Drivers should also be aware of rocks and debris on the highway. Rocks and vegetation on the steep slopes have become unstable due to fire activity and may roll down slopes, the release said.