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Fairfield, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The lightning caused fire near Fairfield is 45% contained with 336 total personnel on the scene. Containment increased yesterday to include the entire southern flank of the fire. Rehabilitation efforts will begin on that section of perimeter today, to include repairing fireline that was constructed both by dozers and by hand crews. The resources assigned in that area will also be available to respond to any new fires in the vicinity.
Yesterday on the northern perimeter, firefighters contained a spot fire at about 3 acres with the help of water drops from a helicopter. Today, crews will continue to work west from the 5 Points area and east from the head of Ear Creek. The Rough Creek Road was opened with a dozer yesterday to facilitate the transportation of firefighters, equipment, and supplies into the last section of unstaffed fire perimeter.
The prevailing weather system continues into today. Afternoon gusts are expected again today, possibly reaching 20 miles an hour on ridges. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Thursday and Friday due to the unstable atmospheric conditions. A dry cold front is predicted for the weekend.
The Beaver Creek Fire received an additional helicopter yesterday, bringing the total number of helicopters assigned to the two fires to 8. The fires continue to share helicopters, as aerial resources are stretched thin with the many other large fires burning in Idaho and other western states.
The area closure includes the entire Fairfield Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest.